Vodka - Siberia
Importer: Traditional Spirit Products, Redmond, Washington
PROOF: 80 (40%)
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: Russian, Grain
PRICE: $12.00 750 ML
Notes: A relatively unknown vodka produced in Siberian Wheat.The vodka is distilled 5 times, and filtered using the usual Russian method of sand, filtered through a membrane, then through birch charcoal. This process used only for the highest grades of vodka, Lex or luxe grade (also known as Grade 3).
Appearance: Bright clear with the kind of weight to it that makes it almost seem like a mineral oil. On swirling, it leaves a thin clear coat on the inside of the glass with scalloped edges becoming droplets and a few long thin legs. Wonderful bright appearance.
First Impression: Slightly sweet nose with primarily the smells of alcohol and grain .No sharp alcohol vapors like some, well most, cheaper brands.
Taste: Glycerin like oily grain body with nice medium-length finish. A touch sweet and smooth with the alcohol warming you nicely and tingling the tongue. It has the kind of body that other vodkas strive for by doping with sugar, glycerin, or vanilla as shortcuts and obfuscations.
Wonderful hard mineral water taste and body in this vodka - real Russian well water. Mineral water taste like the old Stolichnaya had - it had the same wonderful water profile- (nowadays Stoli tastes like it was made from rain or distilled water - severely lacking character and depth in my opinion). This one on the other hand tastes and has the mouthfeel of a Russian vodka - not something made for the fear of flavor crowd. It has what I would call a "Russian terroir."
Drinks: Actually a nice vodka to have at room temperature to appreciate the smoothness and body. But of course much better cold. The mineral water profile and good grain taste makes for a vodka martini worth drinking and thinking about - (the fact it actually tastes like something for once).
*Use Noilly Prat and keep the vermouth refrigerated after opening for the best taste.
Final Thoughts: You can buy almost three bottles of Siberian for the same money as a bottle of either Stoli or the "Avian Fashion Victim Vodka," with more depth, complexity, and sense of place.
Bottle: Simple clear glass blue label with silver and white lettering.
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