About Gin and Genever from Russia

About Gin  and  Genever from Russia
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

Gin and Genever

Barrister Dry Gin
94 points
$19
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
Barrister Organic Gin
89 points
$30
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.
Barrister Orange Gin
84 points
$23
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.