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Stolichnaya

Stolichnaya
Gold Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Latvia
Alcohol: 40%
96 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative
$22
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Stolichnaya
Gold Vodka

Category: Unflavored Vodka

Date Tasted:
Country: Latvia
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla wafer cookie and fresh grain with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of sweet cream, lemon zest, and honeysuckle. A round, exceptionally smooth Vodka for cocktails, sipping neat or on the rocks.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild
Aroma Aroma: vanilla wafer cookie and fresh grain
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of sweet cream, lemon zest, and honeysuckle
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Vodka Martini
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A round, exceptionally smooth Vodka for cocktails, sipping neat or on the rocks.

The Producer

SPI Group

The Producer
Valley Park F 44 rue de la Vallée
1 352-24 695 131

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96 Stolichnaya Gold Vodka 40% (Latvia) $22.00.
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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.