Stolichnaya 80 Proof Vodka
Gold Medal at 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Stoli Vodka is a classically styled, exceptionally smooth vodka. Crystal clear in color with marshmallow, mineral and mild fruit peel aromas, a soft, supple entry leads to a smooth, medium bodied palate with pastry frosting, talc and citrus rind flavors. It finishes with a clean, lightly sweet, sugar dust, wet straw and balanced pepper fade.
Stoli is where tradition meets the cutting edge—producing unbeatable consistency and quality in every bottle. They are one of the few who truly control the entire manufacturing process, from the farming of the wheat and rye, to distribution of the finished product. And that’s how they live life on the top shelf.
What goes into Stoli? One delicious May-December romance! That is, spring and winter wheat perfectly balanced and hand-selected to create this signature subtle flavor. Throw a little rye in on the action and you’ve created a vodka with character.
When they say Stoli is in a class of its own—they mean it literally. They only select the purest alcohols, called the narrow cut, by discarding the harsher heads and the oily tails from the heart of the run. Their ultra-modern distillery in Tambov, allows only three distillations and four filtrations. That results in a spirit so smooth, Russian authorities created a separate class to honor it.
The spirit travels from Russia to Latvia, to the historic Latvijas Balzams, a cathedral to vodka built by order of the Tsar in 1901. It’s then filtered through Russian birch charcoal and quartz sand and finally blended with artesian well water to create the vodka people have loved and enjoyed for the last 80 years.
Made from the distillation of anything containing fermentable sugars, Straight Vodka is a clear and unaged spirit. Cereal grains like wheat, rye and barley are the most commonly used bases, but modern Vodkas are now made from crops as diverse as sugar beets, grapes and potatoes. Ideally Straight Vodkas should be colorless, odorless and flavorless. They are sipped chilled and neat, or used as a base for a variety of cocktails, from the Martini to the Cosmopolitan.