“ Brand: Stumbras / Type: Vodka „
The aptly named Lithuanian Vodka is perhaps the most well known Lithuanian degtine (vodka), produced by Stumbras it comes in several flavours. I can't claim to have tried all of them but there's no reason to doubt why they should be bad as the ones I have tried have always been of a relatively top quality and I would recommend them to anyone.
All of the versions are 40% and I will start off with the ones I have tried:
Original Lithuanian Vodka (this is the clear one with a red design)
As good as a standard vodka gets, not too much of a kick, it's nice and smooth. Prepared like any other vodka but from fine Lithuanian cereal and well filtered with the use of quartz sand, ch activated carbon shafts and secondary sand filters.
This goes down a treat and is your basic but good quality degtine which is most probably why it was awarded a gold medal at 1. "San Francisco world spirits competition 2006" (JAV, San Francisco), a Silver medal at "International DLG Quality Competition for Spirits 2005" (Germany) and a silver medal at "The International Review of Spirits 2005" (organised by Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago, USA)
It's available in 1l; 0,7l; 0,5l; 0,35l; 0,2l and 0,1l bottles.
Original Lithuanian Vodka Gold
More refined as it goes through the refining process twice as many times as the normal Lithuanian vodka. Personally I didn't taste the difference but it's still good and a bit more expensive than the normal one. This one has won even more awards than the original which I suppose just goes to prove that I may have been a little drunk when trying to compare the Original Gold from the Original.
They were: A gold in the "San Francisco world spirits competition 2006" (JAV, San Francisco), a gold in the "Lithuanian Product of the Year 2005" (the Confederation of Industrialists, Lithuania), a gold in "The International Review of Spirits 2005" (organised by Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago, USA), a silver in "International DLG Quality Competition for Spirits 2005" (Germany) , a silver in "The International Review of Spirits 2004" (organised by Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago, USA) and finally a gold in "Product of the year 2004" (exhibition "World Food Moscow 2004", Moscow)
Available in 1l; 0,7l; 0,5l bottles
Lithuanian Vodka also comes in a number of flavours which are made from natural juice but still retain 40%, these include:
Blackcurrant, Cherry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Bilberry and finally Black Pepper & Honey, to my knowledge I have never tried any of these ones because I'm not that keen on flavoured vodka but if it's what you like, I've no reason to doubt that they will let their standards down on them!
Lithuanian Vodka is available cheapily throughout Lithuania and for a higher price in the UK. It's substantially better than crap like Smirnoff.