Russian Vodka Tasting Notes

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Vodka, White Spirits

Akdov Ultimate Vodka 40%

Oak Aged Vodka/ Tasted: Apr 2010

One look at the deep gold colour you would have expected the oak to overpower any other flavours, but the creamy oak vanillins are quite subtle and really only hang out in the background. An interesting nose, reminiscent of a un-dunnagey/ earthy, light Spey with a cereal nuance.

The palate is much the same as the nose, although there is more grainy spirit character and less oak along with some botanical notes. Good length and purity. Chilling it maybe makes the nose a bit more whisky like and slightly more oily but makes little difference to the palate.

In conclusion it makes an ideal stepping stone for Vodka drinkers that would like to experience other oak aged spirits.

Belenkaya Lux Vodka 40%

Tasted: Apr 2013

A softly grainy nose with a pronounced citrus character along with hints of vanilla and smoke. Pleasantly rounded and slightly crisp with only a hint of lightly oiled cereal.

Soft and relatively straightforward, which is probably down to the fact it is filtered through coal and then sand before then having a final ‘polishing’ filtration. There is a touch of soft grain and vanilla but its finish is slightly on the tart citrus side.

Beluga Gold Line Vodka 40%

Grain spirit is combined with water from Siberian artesian springs that undergoes additional filtration, as well as silica sand and silver purification. It is then combined with milk thistle extract, oat extract, honey, vanilla, and sugar syrup. After the spirit is diluted and ingredients are added, it’s rested in tanks for 90 days before it’s filtered five times and bottled.

Tasted: Mar 2014

Slightly smoky aromas with hints of sweet vanilla. Soft and rounded and ever so slightly starchy with a light, herbal freshness.

The palate is soft, full and milky with creamy vanilla and a pleasant balancing grainy/ spicy bite. Possibly not quite as complex as the nose but the vanilla lingers and it finishes with that light herbal note.

Khanskaya De Luxe Vodka 40%

Tasted: Apr 2010

An extremely neutral nose with practically no grain character. Maybe there is a slight, very subtle floral-cereal note. Pretty much refined alcohol. The palate is just like the nose, very pure and almost like drinking water! A touch of cereral does come through on the finish but again it’s very subtle and one wonders how many times this has been filtered.

However once chilled the nose displays more of the grain characteristics one would expect. It also brings out a subtle oiliness and that floral note is more noticeable. In conclusion it’s an ideal base for cocktails.

Mamont Vodka 40%

Tasted: Aug 2010

5 times distilled vodka distilled in Siberia and filtered through Siberian rock.

A rounded and slightly starchy nose. Soft and full with a botanical/ grainy nip and hints of natural vanilla pod.

The palate has quite a candied sweetness. Again soft and full, slightly starchy with an almost apple-sweet character developing. The grain is very intense on the middle, which clears the way for a subtle fennel/ aniseed finish. A definite strange one this.

Mamont Siberian Vodka 40%

Re-Tasted: Nov 2013

The aromas are quite fresh and edgy with hints of smoke, herbs and grass along with hints of cereal and vanilla.

The palate is soft and slightly grassy with hints of minerals and smoke. Lightly cerealy with hints of vanilla and a pleasant herbal-spice finish.

Russian Standard Vodka 40%

Tasted: Aug 2008

To me it tasted pretty much like I expected, sharp and spirity with that slight acetone note. To me it seemed a bit harsh and industrial, but then this is a mass market brand, so that is to be expected.

Smirnoff Red Label 37.5%

Re-Tasted: Oct 2013

The nose is slightly floral but mainly neutral with a light graininess. With time it becomes a little smoky.

The palate is sharp and grainy with a light creaminess. Very neutral, no real character with a spirity finish.

Smirnoff Blue 45%

Tasted: May 2005

A clean, youthful nose with a pronounced, refined, citrus and garden aromas with a touch of earthiness. Dry on the palate, very clean with a reasonable intensity of of crisp, citrus flavours. Soft alcohol and a long, neutral finish.


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