Vodka - Soyuz Victan Supreme Silk
Notes: This particular vodka uses a mix of rye, wheat and barley, deep well water, and is distilled 5 times before being filtered through a 14 step filtration process of "Natural Mountain Crystals."
Appearance: Crystal clear, no sediment whatsoever. Limpid pool in the glass. On swirling, it leaves a thin clear coat on the inside of the glass with long thin legs. Wonderful bright appearance.
First Impression: Alcohol and grain, a bit more complex than a single grain vodka. No trace of off-notes, or the smell of rubbing alcohol that many other vodkas suffer from. A well done distillation.
Taste: Plump grain body glide past the tongue nipping at it with the alcohol edge and nice lingering finish. Slight sweetness and the sour of a rye., with the barley presence being tasted/felt also. Slightly oily and thick body but not too heavy, with a nice mineral water body thrown in. Complex with a nice bite to it. Let's you know your drinking vodka, not rainwater.
Drinks: Martini* was excellent (with olive or twist) the blend of grains lend a interesting depth and complexity (something a vodka martini sorely needs anyway). All the other drinks benefited from the minerally taste and and the extra layers of subtle flavor. It stands out more than most without overwhelming the drink.
*Use Noilly Prat and keep the vermouth refrigerated after opening for the best taste.
Final Thoughts: About the same money than either Stoli or the Avian Fashion Victim Vodka, but with more depth and complexity. Interesting and worth trying but a touch pricey.
Bottle: Clear glass bottle with frosted swept wings and nose, with aluminum screw cap closure. Metal plate at shoulder, gives it a Buck Rogers rocket or Art Deco look to it. Clear middle section shows vodka to good effect.
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