About Russian Spirits

About Russian Spirits
Spirits are an important part of the Russian lifestyle as per capita consumption is very high; a 2011 report documented that Russia is fourth in this category for spirits in the world.

Of course, it is vodka that is Russia's most famous spirit; dating back to the 14th century, Russian vodka is one of the textbook styles of this spirit. Distilled from wheat and rye, Russian vodka is ultra clean and rather neutral - but super smooth - thanks to filtering through carbon and quartz sand.

In Russia, vodka is served neat for the heads of state as well as the common worker or farmer. In many other countries, it is used in cocktails. Either way, Russian vodka remains a model and is one of the world's best selling spirits.

Top Picks for Russia

Russian Standard Platinum Vodka
95 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of corn silk and fresh grass with a supple, bright, dry light body and a warming, brisk finish. A highly neutral vodka that offers an easy-sipping experience; a clean canvas to color with creative cocktail ingredients.
95 points $30.35
Barrister Dry Gin
94 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of candied lemon and key lime peels, frosted spice cake, turmeric, and thai basil with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of pickled watermelon and clementine. A refreshing delicious and citrus-and-herb-forward gin that will be great in a Collin or long drinks.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Russian Standard Vodka
93 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Creamy, minerally aromas and flavors of wet pavement, creme anglaise, and toasted almond with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a subtle, very long finish manifesting impressions of dried papaya and pear in cream, fine wheat flour and pastry dough, and wet stone. A superbly balanced, subtle and elegant, neutral vodka that will excel in any application.
93 points $22 Best Buy
Onegin Vodka
92 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of hints of cream, white corn, and chervil with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with impressions of minerals and hints of lemon-pepper. A rich, round pure vodka.
Mamont Siberian Vodka
91 points
Clear color. Clean aromas and flavors of rice cracker, pine, glacial ice, and subtle hints of lemon pepper with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A clean and proudly neutral Vodka that offers a pure sipping experience or the perfect canvas for cocktail creation.
Barrister Organic Gin
89 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of candied citrus, honeyed herbs, mint chai tea, and anise seed with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, long finish with suggestions of bubblegum spice, pickled melon rind, vanilla creme, and floral water. A smooth, polished, gin for sipping and egg white cocktails.
TOBARITCH! Premium Vodka
89 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of hints of lime, soft bread, minerals, and caraway with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish. A solid vodka that provides a neutral canvas for cocktail creations.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Barrister Orange Gin
84 points
Light salmon pink color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of orange chuckles and tang with a supple, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium finish with elements of dreamsicle, wisp of spicy cream, and lady grey tea. A fun, fruit forward orange gin for vodka fans.