Full Review

Stalinskaya

Stalinskaya
Blue Extra Strong Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Romania
Alcohol: 45%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99
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Stalinskaya
Blue Extra Strong Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Romania
Alcohol: 45%
Clear color. Aromas of malt-o-meal, southern biscuit, butter, candy corn, and sweet yogurt with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, cheery vanilla, iced lemon scone, and pecan finish. A thoughtfully crafted, nuanced vodka with ethereal texture for citrus-forward cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: malt-o-meal, southern biscuit, butter, candy corn, and sweet yogurt
Taste Flavor: vanilla, iced lemon scone, and pecan
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Vodka Collins, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A thoughtfully crafted, nuanced vodka with ethereal texture for citrus-forward cocktails.

The Producer

Prodal 94 SRL

The Producer
1st, Drumul intre Tarlale Street
Cernica, Ilfov, 077037
Romania
40 -21 529 47 00

Their Portfolio

95 Stalinskaya Premium Vodka 40% (Romania) $12.99.
89 Stalinskaya Blue Extra Strong Vodka 45% (Romania) $14.99.
94 Stalinskaya Silver Filtered Vodka 40% (Romania) $14.99.
88 Wembley London Dry Gin 40% (Romania) $13.99.

Unflavored Vodka

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Serve in a Shot Glass
Unflavored vodka is defined in the US as a "neutral" spirit devoid of color, aroma, and taste, however, the finest unflavored vodkas are served neat and do have a subtle taste, sometimes of the base grain or ingredient, citrus or even anise. But most vodkas are used for cocktails, often mixed with fruit juice (cranberry juice for Cosmopolitans or orange juice for Screwdrivers.), tonic, or soda for the ubiquitous bar-hopper favorite Vodka & Soda. To which craft bartenders these days like to say, "vodka pays the bills."

Unflavored vodka is made by fermenting and then distilling the simple sugars from a mash of pale grain or vegetal matter. Vodka is produced from grain, potatoes, molasses, beets, and a variety of other plants. Rye and wheat are the classic grains for Vodka, with most of the best Russian Vodkas being made from wheat while in Poland they are mostly made from a rye mash. Swedish and Baltic distillers are partial to wheat mashes. Potatoes are looked down on by Russian distillers, but are held in high esteem by some of their Polish counterparts. Molasses, a sticky, sweet residue from sugar production, is widely used for inexpensive, mass-produced brands of Vodka. American distillers use the full range of base ingredients, but most are made from the abundant supply of corn from the US heartland.