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
Russian Standard Vodka
93 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of marshmallow, chalk, lemon custard, wax paper, and cream of wheat with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish. A mild and creamy vodka with touches of sweet citrus notes; easy-to-love.
93 points $25.71
Imperial Collection Golden Snow Vodka
93 points
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon-lime soda, apple, manila envelope, and bitter lemon with a satiny, dry light body and a warming, relaxed chalk and nickel finish. A vodka built for citrusy cocktails; try in mules, cosmos, and lemon drops.
Barrister Dry Gin
93 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh aromas of cracked juniper, douglas fir, lemon zest, and cardamom with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lime oil and white pepper finish. A super solid London Dry with crisp acidity and classic style.
93 points $19 Best Buy
TOBARITCH! Premium Vodka
90 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of frosted flakes in milk, corn silk, gravel, and key lime candies with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, brief finish with notes of peppercorn cream sauce finish. A creamy, peppery vodka; try in Moscow Mules.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Russian Standard Gold Vodka
89 points
Clear color. Aromas of minerals, pepper, and almond skin with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length hint of pineapple, fresh cream, and radish finish. A rock solid Vodka that will find its place in any cocktail.
89 points $22.99
Barrister Old Tom Gin
86 points
Clear color. Piney aromas of douglas fir, citrus leaves, and geranium with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, easy lemon tea and white peppercorn finish. A velvety and mild gin for easy-drinking cocktails.
Russian Standard Moscow Mule Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
85 points
Golden yellow color. Herbal, spicy aromas of crystalized ginger, lime cordial, tarragon, marigold blossom, and sugar snap pea with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, easy pear and lemon seltzer finish. A mellow, refreshing Moscow mule with wide appeal.
85 points $14.99