- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
91 pts. Wine Enthusiast: April, 1998
Moderately full-bodied. Wet stones, anise, dried herbs, charcoal aromas. Great interplay of flavors riding on a lush, expansive palate. The quintessential Russian vodka.
91 pts.Wine Enthusiast: June, 2012
Smooth and cocktail worthy, this vodka has a neutral scent with a very faint malty note, a crisp, lightly sweet flavor and a clean finish. An excellent choice for those who prefer vodka martinis.
90–95 pts. Wine Enthusiast: March, 2009
Early scents of Wheat Thins crackers; aeration stimulates deeper notes of metal, minerals and a dash of tobacco smoke. Entry is beefy, firm, big-textured and dry; at midpalate the taste turns markedly sweeter and adds a charcoal, soot aspect that nicely balances the grain. Sturdy, sweet and sap-like finish. Best Buy.
87 pts. Wine Enthusiast: November 15, 1996
Charcoal, citrus and minerals. Smooth, soft texture. Fine interplay of smoke with a touch of fruit flavor. Easy, delicate finish.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: March 1, 2008
Impeccable purity; pewter tint. A burst of snack cracker (
Wheat Thins) greets the olfactory sense with vigor and staying power in the opening nosing; additional aeration stimulates deeper notes that include metal/nickel/minerals and even a dash of tobacco smoke; I have always liked this no-nonsense bouquet; it says “vodka” to me. Entry is beefy, firm, big-textured, and drier that I recalled; the midpalate stage turns markedly sweeter as the grain element comes to the forefront as well as a charcoal/soot aspect which nicely balances the grain. Sturdy, sweet, sap-like finish. This vodka works for me on multiple levels. High recommended.
Santé: May, 2008
Excellent structure and seamless from start to finish with very slight lime-zest and vanilla aromas; hints of lime and citrus rind on the palate. Hard to beat; the standard for premium vodka.
Santé: April, 2006
Excellent structure and seamless from start to finish with very slight lime zest and vanilla aromas; hints of lime and citrus rind on the palate. Hard to beat; the standard for premium vodka.