Following the success of Seva’s Seagrams’s Sunday, a series of articles focusing on the gin products of Seagram’s that I published on Sundays, I bring you a new series, this time looking at vodka.
Not just any vodka, however, but Stolichnaya Vodka, a brand that has long been a favourite of mine. As such, it’s well overdue that I to write some more focused pieces for SummerFruitCup.*
Stolichnaya Vodka originates from Moscow and was founded in early 40′s, although a trademark for the name was granted in 1938. By the 50′s, Stolichnaya became known as a vodka of quality, winning various accolades, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that it became widely available in the US, thanks to a reciprocity distribution agreement with Pepsi.
Stolichnaya Red is the “standard” Stolichnaya, which is bottled at 40% ABV. It’s a good all-round vodka that’s excellent for sipping and cocktails alike.
On its own
Taste: Clean, with some cereal grain flavours. Quite bready with a hint of sweet creaminess at the end. Not spectacular, but sound and very good considering the price.
Nose: Grain, with a light, creamy vanilla note.
Taste: Relatively smooth with a tingle at the end; very clean, with faint hints of grain and bread, followed by a touch of bitterness. Overall, very good.
Very crisp, quite clean, with smooth hints of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. Very cool. A good standard, although not exceptional.
Very fresh and very easy to drink. Some of the vodka’s flavours come through, as does its smooth texture.
Stolichnaya Red Label is available form grocery stories for around £14 for 70cl.
*I have written about the brand for other publications, including this article on the James Bond Martini.