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bottle of Stolichnaya vodka for a very reasonable price at the duty free when returning from holiday. Having drunk mostly Smirnoff vodka in the past, I was keen to try something a little bit different and had heard good things about the brand.
The smart looking bottle is quite unassuming, with a white label with red and gold lettering. It does not look like a premium product as such and I anticipated that it would be similar in taste and strength to Smirnoff.
Having poured my first glass I can honestly say that I really cannot taste the difference between this and normal red label Smirnoff either. To my untrained taste buds, the two are very similar. They retail I believe at approximately the same price, with the Stolichnaya being perhaps £2 or £3 more expensive than the Smirnoff for a 70cl bottle and they are similar in strength also. Some of my fellow drinkers did disagree with my opinion and felt that the Stolichnaya was slightly smoother to drink and not so harsh or strong.
I definitely enjoyed drinking this vodka and would not hesitate to purchase it again in the future however I would not go out of my way to hunt for it.
I used to have a good few bottles of this Stolichnaya Vodka stashed away in my drinks cupboard thanks to working in a restaurant. Our drink suppliers would regularly leave us a couple of bottles of spirits if we made a big order and the staff would be given them as rewards.
This vodka is a Russian made drink which was first made in the 1940's. The company is known as Stoli in Russia and they made a wide variety of vodkas and flavoured vodkas that are widely distributed across the world.
The bottle of Stolichnaya vodka is long and slim and made of toughened glass. This is a see through glass and you can see the crystal clear vodka inside. The label for this vodka has a background sketch of the Hotel Moskva which is a landmark in Moscow being the pace where Stalin once stayed and the location of one of the first Metro stations in the city.
The Stolichnaya branding is written across the label in lovely gold font and the main colours are white, red and gold. The label also states the 40% ABV and 700 ml contents. The top of the bottle has a screw on and off lid that is a bright gold colour to match the labels. Overall the bottle looks like a good quality brand of vodka.
The vodka looks like any old vodka liquid to put it bluntly. It is a crystal clear watery liquid that has absolutely no colour to it. The smell of the vodka and particularly the alcohol is very strong and overwhelms your nostrils if you get too close. This vodka is distilled three times and then filtered four times through quartz sand and then through the charcoal of Russian birch wood.
Generally I drink vodka in cocktails rather than with a mixer or neat. I really do not like the taste of neat vodka as I find that it is too strong for my taste buds and burns rather than being a nice sensation. As such I cannot give a good description of the pure taste of this drink, however I can comment on it mixed with other ingredients.
The vodka tastes smooth, strong and rich to taste, with a slight citrus tone throughout. The brand Stolichnaya describe that it has a pastry frosting, talc and citrus rind flavours of which I can taste the latter but am unsure what the former two would taste like! There is a slight grainy taste to this which comes from the original Russian wheat used to make this vodka drink.
My favourite cocktails to have vodka in are:
White Russian: This is my absolute favourite cocktail with vodka, Kahlua and cream - yummy!
Cosmopolitan: Refreshing and sweet made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice.
Overall this Stolichnaya vodka is definitely one that I would buy in again, it is a reasonably priced and a good quality spirit that tastes lovely in my cocktails. The cheapest current price for a 70 ml bottle is in Tesco at £15.70 which is very reasonable for a quality Russian vodka.
Stolichnaya (or stoli) is a vodka that has a mid range price, but a premium taste.
it is one of the vodka's I call 'pure vodka's, where rather than having it's own distinctive taste like Russian Standard (pepper) or Zubrowka (herby/nutty taste) the mark of quality is a total lack of taste- pretty weird paying a premium for even less taste, but if you're used the the horrible aftertaste and burn of cheap vodka then you'll be surprised at how easy it is to drink stoli. Drink it neat and cold and savour the lack of flavour.
If you want to mix it then there are cheaper vodkas to put with some coke, but if you do mix it you will notice the fact your coke tastes as pure and clean as if it had no alcohol in it at all- if you buy it in a bar you might think you'd been ripped off.
The bottle looks great, the gold cap gives a premium feel- all in all a fantastic vodka if you can stretch your budget a little.
I have had a bottle of Stolichnaya Vodka in my drinks cupboard for a few years now after it was bought for me by an ex boss when he returned from a business trip. He liked vodka; I don't. I guess that's why it's still here.
I resolved to give it a go last night and finish off the last inch or so in the bottom of the 500ml bottle. Of course it may be off, but I tasted a bit last year as well and the taste is just the same this year so I tried my best to drink it anyway - waste not want not.
My ex boss told me it would be sacrilegious to drink this with a mixer so I did my best to neck it neat.
I find it strong and harsh and not particularly pleasant although I understand that vodka drinkers the world over rate it quite highly.
It's 70 per cent proof, which equates to 40& alcohol by volume, but you can get even stronger variants within the same brand, including flavoured vodkas. It's strong stuff all right!
It's Russian of course and you would be ill advised to enter into a drinking contest where this has been selected as the tipple of choice. It will certainly give you a bad head and quite possibly make you sick as well.
To me, how well you rate a drink must be based first and foremost on whether you like the taste and I confess that I don't. That's not to say it isn't a very fine vodka. It's an international brand, enjoying widespread distribution so somebody out there is buying and drinking it.
To me, you may as well open a bottle of white spirit. Vodka has nothing of the subtlety of a malt whisky or a fine wine. It's often considered to be a drink you drink to make you drunk, so maybe it's not necessary for it to taste nice. More often than not, because it has no appealing taste it is drunk with a variety of mixers, but I don't think I'll be parting with my own money to replace this bottle in my drinks cabinet.
For those who want to try some Stolichniya, it's on offer at major supermarkets now at around £14.00 for a standard 70cl bottle.
I discovered Stolichnaya vodka while working at a premium bar that stocked this brand as a house vodka. So you can imagine I am a slight vodka snob.
Stolichnaya, or 'Stoli' to its friends, is a smooth vodka that tastes equally good straight over ice, or mixed in a cocktail. It's best drunk straight from the freezer, where the low temperatures give it a gloopy smoothness when pouring, that's as lovely to watch as it is to drink. The advantage in terms of taste is that it's very smooth, without the vodka "catch in the back of the throat" you get with a lower priced brand. The best vodka should have almost a dark sugariness to it, and this Stoli very nearly gets there.
While it's well priced, this is a solid premium vodka, and it gets my vote for excellent value for money. The range of flavoured vodkas from Stoli are also well worth a try and give Absolut a credible market challenger.
Stolichnaya vodka is my all-time favourite vodka. It is superior to many spirits that people hold to be typically their favourite and the best, such as Smirnoff and other such vodkas.
The drink is distilled a number of times through many different materials, one of which is activated carbon. Activated carbon is probably nature's best filter, and this really shines through in the taste. It is devoid of almost all impurities and this is reflected in a very clear, pure taste that is quite simply just alcohol and natural artesian spring water. The vodka is very reasonably priced, considering its prestige. Grey Goose vodka, for example, is considerably more expensive and yields no real advantage over this vodka other than the pretentiousness factor that paying £30 for a bottle of vodka gives. This is twice the price of the very well-priced stolichnaya, and in my opinion this makes stolichnaya both the best value and just plain best vodka, in my opinion.
One of the better vodkas. What can I say, it's really made in Russia, has won awards in the country and when drunk straight is pretty smooth, it simply doesn't rip your throat out the way others will. It slips down deceptively easily and is certainly much smoother than Smirnoff, easily a superior vodka despite what some gullible teens might tell you.
If you're planning to mix your vodka with something like coke or orange then don't bother with this one, get a bottle of £8 quid paint stripper instead. If you want to try authentic vodka then this is probable about the best you're likely to find in the local UK market. It isn't the best by any means but we just don't get the really good stuff (Like Samson vodka) over here. Ask any Pole or Russian, they drink it by the gallon.
I don't love Stolichnaya. I love vodka, and it is precisely this love of Russia's water of life that tempers my taste for Stolichnaya specifically. In the few years that I've actively consumed vodka with the passion necessary to form firm opinions regarding specific brands (also the passion that complements my now keen ability to discern between properties of each brand with my eyes closed), I've tasted nearly all there is of the stuff to taste. This finely fermented Russian cousin of mine and I have been there for each other through thick and thin, through sick and sin. Together we've experienced and survived the introduction of such unwelcomed additives as chocolate and vanilla, two of the most blasphemous culprits ever to befoul vodka's unfaltering alcoholic regime. And, "slova bogu" for each other's company, we've even managed to laugh about it. Just as long as pure, unadulterated VODKA is there waiting for me like a designated driver at the end of a particularly eventful evening on the town, all the Smirnoff Ice, Kleiner Feigling, Bacardi Rigo and the rest of the novelty mockeries teenage girls slosh down at parties in an attempt to seem sophisticated are free to come and go as they please. But then every once in a while will come along a very poor representative of the rapidly fading out Golden Generation of pure vodkas. It's monstrosities like this that give teeny-bopper vodka/fruit/confection mixers an excuse to burst their way bellicosely into the spirit scene. Stolichnaya is one of these. For as long as I've regularly been drinking vodka, I've fallen back on Finlandia, Absolut, and Smirnoff as my old standbys. They're my Three Amigos, consistently good, pure, and uncomplicated. But through various social circles I've heard an ostensible great many praises of Stolichnaya extolled quite fervently. Though it's always been on the shelves and is rarely seen in the
company of emasculating flavour-accentuators, I had somehow never tried it. Last week, or whenever it was that I was in England, however, I was blessed with many an opportunity to edify myself in this respect. And so one of these many opportunities I took. It was my third night in London. I've been to Britian and England quite often, but for some unexcusable reason, I had never been in London proper. I still haven't found a way to forgive myself for this iniquity, and it was this hulking transgression of social demands (that is, you haven't lived till you've seen London), or more accurately the intent contemplation of this transgression, that eventually caused me to drown my sorrows in the fiery clear stuff. My English university comrade Alex Nichols and I were in a bar somewhere in SoHo. Not a tavern, no, not a dive. We're still at least twenty years too young for that. We were in a pretty little club where all the pretty little people spend their pretty little evenings, and end up quite attractively puking their pretty little guts out all over the prettly little place by the time things wind down. And it was just so bloody pretty that I felt guilty and sad for not having visited London earlier. So I sought me a vodka. Of course there was the usual. Smirnoff, Absolut, and the like. No Finlandia, though. But they had Stoli. And as I had never had it, I tried it, much to my great dismay. I don't know how many shots of Smirnoff, Finlandia, or Absolut it takes to get me tipsy, giddy, or even downright blotto. I always lose track, fancy that. But rest assured that such an amount pales in comparison to the vast quaffs of Stoli I sopped up like the unemployed, middle-aged sponge I am sure to be in another twenty years or so that evening. It didn't even taste that good. Its flavour smacked of a slight bit of acetone spilled into a cup of icewater. It was diluted and, to be honest, kind of grotty. Which may
be why it took so bloody much of it to produce the desired results, who knows. But according to the label, the alcohol content was exactly as much as that of the Smirnoff and the other gibble I've been sucking since babyhood. Now that I recall that evening, I'm actually getting sort of offended. Stoli is insulting! To add more insult to injury, which has in turn been added to previous insult, and in thus manner perpetuates a very brutal strain of the vicious cycle, it didn't even get me drunk very well. For those who don't know me, or at least haven't seen me drunk (that would mean all of you, unless you were in SoHo last week), I very rarely do anything too off-the-wall. I'm a bit more gregarious, as is common, and often make very random, spontaneous connections between two or more seemingly unrelated things. Like Archimedes and Jewish women with poodles, to name one example that always comes to mind. But, though you may be thinking otherwise, as you're allowed to do as we are all enitled to our own opinions, I'm not really a stupid drunk. Not, however, unless I've been drinking Stolichnaya. After what seemed like about eleven quarts of the crap, I stripped myself of my pride, dignity, and shirt, climbed staggeringly atop a billiard table and danced to my own amateurly performed rendition of the Hårgalåten (a provincial Swedish folk dance often executed exclisively by old fishermen with pent-up sexual frustrations, accompanied by their ugly fishwives with pent-up sexual frustrations) before the eyes of about 150 intrigued English people. My God, I even sang the bleeding song! (Hence all the Hårgalåten references as of late, in case you've been wondering.) I then proceeded to bow to the ovation, and request that if Dame Judy Dench were among the club's patrons, I would be very much obliged to join her in a round of pool, and end it with more rousing encore of the Hårgalåten. To put it shortly
, I was a very bad ambassador that night, and who do we have to thank but Lady Stolichnaya in all her infinitely overestimated wisdom? Why did I bother to recount this stupid event? Contrary to popular belief, I'm not bragging. I'm not even remotely proud that I did anything of the sort. But I'm a philanthropist, sacrificing what semblence of self-worth I have left for the sake of all you curious kids out there considering a swig of Stoli Friday next. Don't do it. There are plenty of other alternatives out there. Hell, there's even self-mutilation. Go ahead, carve your ex-girlfriend's name into your neck veins. It may hurt temporarily and the physical scars may last an eternity, but that's pithy in comparison with having flailed about like a Swedish fool, luring an absent Judy Dench from her hidey-hole into my enibriated world of unconventional folk traditions. But speaking of Swedish fools and alternatives to Stolichnaya, that reminds me of something I once saw and have yet to try. Thor's Hammer Vodka. The poison of very bored Norse gods. Get it? Thor's Hammer. Thor's HAMMERED! HA HA HA!!!
I don't know if everyone is familiar with the Darwin Awards story about the couple who were making love in the open air on top of a hill when the man, who was on top, had the misfortune to be struck by lightning. Not only was he killed outright, but also much of the charge flowed through him into his partner, melting his genitals and fusing them to hers, and causing her to lose consciousness, which was perhaps a kindness. When she awoke, however, she was horrified to find, in addition to the misfortune described above, that her dead lover was being eaten by a bear, and that she was still attached to him. I repeat this story (and apologies to those who have already heard it a thousand times), not merely to make people imagine the horror of it again, but because of the persistent myth attached to it, namely that the couple in question had been drinking Stolichnaya in some quantity, judging by evidence found at the scene. My friend who, for his sins, works in advertising tells me that the company, and their agency, have been desperately trying to think of a way to exploit this extraordinary event for publicity purposes without a) grossing people out too much b) implying that you'll come to a bad end with the product or c) getting sued by the victim's family. What's that you say ? My opinion? Oh OK. My opinion is that Vodka is designed to be tasteless and to be mixed with mixers. Therefore it doesn't matter a damn what any given Vodka is like and anyone who can tell one from another has too much free time on their hands and should be out there saving the planet. Stolichnaya ? S'alright. Gets you drunk.
This is a vodka that will not get you a reputation for being a cheap drunk in a bar or party. Not that it's expensive, it isn't, its about normal price for a bottle of vodka, although the main brands might be a little cheaper. What this vodka really has is taste and culture which makes it different. Firstly the taste. Everyone who has drunk vodka will know that there is really nice vodka, really horrible vodka, and a large amount in between. Stoli is probably in the middle section, but at the better end of the scale compared to the grotty stuff. To me all vodka should be drunk cold, whether this means lots of ice, or a bottle in the freezer its up to you. However if you invite people around it always best to have a bottle in the freezer for them. It saves on icing the glass, or wasting room with ice cubes. The culture of this brand goes back a long way, but its not the entire history that concerns me, its the more upto date bit that I'm interested in. Watch the media parties that occur, with the celebs wandering around drunk. Parties which are sponsored will have their own brands, but this is the choice of many people in the know when the choice is theirs. It has a label that is different from the others. Not updated like Vladivar to look trendy, but rather a more sophisticated older look to demonstrate that the inside is what's important. It knows its good, and it expects others to know this too, and they do. Most people I know started drinking it because of word of mouth, not because of advertising. Thats what this drink going for it. A customer base that does the advertising for it. Generally speaking other than black label I do prefer this brand to most, and heartily recommend it to everyone.
Vodka from Russia. Stolichnaya is a Russian vodka produced from wheat and rye grains in Tambov a town located in the Black Earth Region of Russia. This region has long been known as the bread-basket of Russia and has a long history of growing grain and vodka production. It's this blend of grain that gives Stolichnaya its spicy finish, something particular to Russian vodkas.