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As the Dooyoo team are still offering 600 miles for spirit reviews, I may as well slip in a counterpoint to my review of Bison herb grass Vodka. If you've read that review, you'll be aware that the Poles probably introduced Vodka to Russia. If you've ever met a Russian, they firmly believe that it was the other way around. Mind you, many Russians still believe that Stalin was a great man. I digress.
If you think Russia, and you think Vodka, you probably think potato. There's perhaps an argument to be made that the Russian standard of Vodka involves this most humble of vegetable. But "Russian Standard" as it is meant here means premium Vodka made completely in Russia.
The uncle would better gasp looking at himself
Winter grains are those hardy enough to survive a Russian winter. Rye, wheat and Barley. These are used to make premium vodka. Stolichnaya, a premium "Russian" brand that this one competes against is actually from Latvia. By loudly and repeatedly pointing this out, Russian standard Vodka rose rapidly. The bottle is clouded glass with prominent Russian script.
Russian standard vodka comes in different grades. The one that you've probably tried in original. Above that is platinum, distilled through silver rather than charcoal. Why they don't just call it "silver" is anyone's guess. Gold has added ginseng. Again, no idea why. Imperia, the flagship product goes through additional filtration.
Your elbow is close, yet you can't bite it.
So, what does actual Russian standard original taste like? It tastes like pretty much any other premium vodka. Bitter, and rather strong. This is typically a fairly characterless spirit unless something extra is done to it. Even the expensive stuff is destined to be mixed with something, nine times out of ten.
Is it any better than Smirnoff red or Finlandia? The answer is; no. Not really. There are differences, but they are slight at best. If you wanted to pick one of the three, forget the marketing and just pick the one that's the cheapest.
Russian standard is one of the best vodka's on the market.
Being a true russian vodka it has a slight taste of pepper, this means that it is harder to mix than the plainer tasting vodka's such as stoli or smirnoff (don't ever drink smirnoff). It goes well with coke but not with orange juice or lemonade, it's not a good match with fruit based mixers.
It is recommended to drink this neat, a vodka this distinctive shouldn't be mixed, if you want a mixing vodka there are better choices, either red square or stoli depending on your budget. it is drank preferably straight from the freezer, it tastes great and if you've never had good vodka before then prepare to have your eyes opened!
For the price I don't think it can be beaten, and I always recommend it, the bottle and label look classy and make it look more like gray goose than glens- you definitely get a lot of vodka for your money (and it's 40% so you get more alcohol for your money too!), the writing on the bottle being in russian is a nice touch, and makes the bottle look great, the shape of the bottle is also inspired by a clock tower in russia, and if you go on the russian standard website you can read all about the brand history- this is really a premium product at a bargain price
As I sit at my desk this evening I am sipping a small glass of Russian Standard Original vodka. I have poured myself a shot for the purposes of reviewing, please remember this is a Monday night, if it was Friday or Saturday my intentions may not be so good.
Russian Standard Original is advertised as setting the benchmark for authentic premium vodka. The vodka is made using only the finest ingredients, winter wheat grains from the Southern Russian Steps and water from the underground glacial source of Lake Lagonda. The raw ingredients are then put through a four stage process of mashing and fermenting, distillation and rectification, filtration and relaxation and finally bottling and packaging.
Russian Standard Original is filtered through charcoal four times to produce its clear look and pure taste.
I am not usually a person who is sold on the packaging but Russian Standard has really made an effort with the bottle. The bottle shape is inspired by Ivan, the Great Bell Tower in the heart of Moscow. The labelling is understated but striking, and all the more eye catching as it has Russian Standard written on it in Russian.
Russian Standard has a really informative website where you can find many more facts about the heritage and production process involved in creating Russian Standard Original Vodka.
Interesting fact for you . . . Vodka means little water.
Many people store vodka in the freezer, myself included, despite the recommendations that it should be served chilled between 5-7c. So for this review I have allowed the shot on my desk to warm up a bit before I started sipping.
The vodka in my glass is crystal clear, clearer than the glass itself. When I swirl the glass a bit the vodka clings to the side of the glass slightly. When I give the vodka a sniff I can just smell alcohol, it has no other aroma. Now to taste, remember this is for review purposes only. . .
. . . It is strong, before the liquid touches my lips I can virtually see tendrils of the aroma curling there way across the glass and filling my nostrils with the strong, rich smell of vodka. In my mouth the vodka seems to reach every part before I can swallow it, it is strong . . . it creates a tingle on my tongue and a burn as it goes down my throat, I think I can taste aniseed, as the tingle recedes from my tongue the burn in my throat becomes a warm glow, it is a pleasant feeling after the mouth scorching and nostril invasion. The taste and warmth from the vodka are gone within minutes, leaving me ready for another small sip, which won't be happening as I don't want the husband to come back from the gym and think I have been on the vodka all night.
When I drink vodka I like to drink it with a mixer such as lemonade or cola, it can also be drunk with orange juice or cranberry juice or as the building block of a good cocktail. I personally do not use this vodka with a mixer, I usually use Smirnoff. The taste of the vodka on its own is distinctive and rich and should be savoured.
I would not recommend this vodka to someone who wants to knock back a couple of high percentage drinks to get drunk fast as I feel it should be enjoyed. Yes it will get you drunk very very fast, but believe me that should not be the point of having a drink. I do however recommend it to someone who has an appreciation of vodka.
A 70cl bottle of Russian Standard will cost you around £15 in the supermarkets, but may be on offer soon due to the festive season approaching. The alcohol by volume is 40%.
Thank you for reading. Hic!
Russky Standart is a genuine vodka, which is distilled to the Tsar's premium quality standard established in 1894. By bringing together traditional manufacturing processes and state of the art technology, they have been able to revive a recipe that their forbears took pride in. Russky Standart owes its quality to selected golden grains of wheat from Russia's heartlands and pure glacier water from the frozen North. It's distillation is a painstaking and costly process that demands exceptional control and expertise. Only through the passion and dedication of their distillers, have they been able to recreate the true 'Russky Standart'. Vodka with a superbly smooth taste and of a quality unchanged for over a century.