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Staritsky & Levitsky

Staritsky & Levitsky
Reserve Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Ukraine
Alcohol: 40%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$27.99

Staritsky & Levitsky
Reserve Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Ukraine
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Faint, grainy aromas of toasted grain and nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet cream, wet stones, and grass finish. A bright yet neutral vodka that will play nicely in cocktails or neat.
Tasting Info
Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: toasted grain and nuts
Taste Flavor: sweet cream, wet stones, and grass
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Vodka Martini, Vesper, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright yet neutral vodka that will play nicely in cocktails or neat.
The Producer

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The Producer
7A Kiyanovskiy Lane, Office 103
Kiev, 04053
Ukraine
380 -444814747
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.

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