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Posts from the ‘Stoli Vodka’ Category

13
May

Review: Stolichnaya Vodka

Stolichnaya Vodka sometimes referred to as Stoli Red label or Stoli Original was launched in 1938.  It was first imported in the US in 1972 when PepsiCo was granted exportation rights to Stolichnaya Vodka in exchange for importation of Pepsi Cola into the Soviet Union.  Stolichnaya controls every aspect of making its vodka from the planting and selection of the wheat and rye grains grown on the company owned Rapuga farms in Tambov Russia, to harvesting, distillation, and bottling.  The wheat and rye grains are fermented for 60 hours, and then triple distilled.  Artesian water is blended with the spirit before it is filtered four times through Russian birch charcoal, quartz, sand, and woven cloth. Read more »

3
May

Review: Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka is one of two new vodka varieties Stoli just released in their new Crushed line of flavored vodka.  The other flavor is Crushed Pineapple.  These are the first new flavored vodkas Stoli has launched since 2012.  This follows Absolut introducing Absolut Lime, their first new flavor in four years.  Three Olives will be releasing a Watermelon and a Cucumber Lime flavor later this summer.  There is no doubt there are far fewer flavored vodka’s varieties on the market today, but distillers are focusing on new flavors in 2017 to drive growth.  Stoli has completely redesigned their flavored vodka with the Crushed line.  Corn and buckwheat replace the winter wheat used for the vodka base, and real juice and color have been added.  The bottles shape and labeling have been updated and the vodka has been reduced to 60 proof.  Why?  Real juice seems to be the new buzz word in flavored vodka, replacing natural flavor.  Much of the credit for this goes to Deep Eddy and their release of Deep Eddy Ruby Red in 2013.  For the record Charbay and Belvedere both used real grapefruit in flavoring their grapefruit vodka prior to the release of Deep Eddy Ruby Red, but Deep Eddy got the real juice ball rolling.  Color is also growing in popularity in flavored vodka’s.  Once reserved for the bargain basement vodka brands, color is now seen as more natural looking, even though certified color is added to most colored vodka’s.  Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka starts with a vodka base made from 88% corn and 12% buckwheat.  The vodka is triple distilled and quadruple filtered.  Pure artesian spring water is blended to reduce to 80 proof.  Real juice, natural flavor, and certified color are blended before bottling at 60 proof. Read more »

2
May

Review: Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka

Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka was just released along with Stoli Crushed Grapefruit.  Unlike their other flavored vodkas, that are made from a winter wheat vodka base, Stoli Crushed is made with a blend of 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat harvested from the fertile farm fields of the Tambov region of Russia.  The vodka is triple distilled and filtered four times through quartz, sand, and birchwood charcoal.  Pure natural spring water from the Latvijas Balzams artesian well in Riva Latvia is blended with the vodka to reduce to 80 proof.  Real juice, natural flavors, certified color and FD&C Yellow No. 5 are added before bottling at 60 proof.  While this is Stoli’s first Pineapple flavored vodka, Dole Pineapple has been infused with Stoli Vodka for years and sold as a Doli Stoli at one of my favorite steakhouses, The Capital Grill. Read more »

28
Feb

Review: Stolichnaya Elit Vodka

Stolichnaya Elit Vodka was the worlds first ultra premium vodka when it was released in 2003.  Elit is crafted from winter wheat, summer wheat, and rye all grown on the Rapuga Farm in Tambov Russia which is owned by Stoli.  Elit is distilled three times and blended with pure Balzams Artesian water.  The vodka is then freeze filtered at 0 degrees in a silver filter where all the impurities freeze against the filters wall, leaving a very cold and pure 80 proof vodka to be bottled in their distinctive bottle. Read more »

20
May

Review: Stoli Gluten Free Vodka

Stoli Gluten Free VodkaStoli Gluten Free Vodka was recently released.   It is not the first gluten free vodka, but it is Stolichnaya’s first, and it is the first vodka I am aware of that is named Gluten Free.  There are actually hundreds of gluten free vodka’s on the market today.  These vodka’s are distilled with Corn like Tito’s, Grapes like Ciroc, Potatoes like Chopin Potato Vodka, Sugar Cane like Ocean Vodka, and Pineapple like Pau Maui Vodka.  Stoli Gluten Free is made with a blend of 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat.  Both are harvested from the fertile farm fields of the Tambov region of Russia.  The vodka is triple distilled at the Talvis Distillery and filtered four times through quartz, sand and birchwood charcoal.  Pure natural spring water from the Latvijas Balzams Artesian well in Riga Latvia is blended with the vodka to reduce to 80 proof. Read more »

9
Aug

Review: Stoli Citros Vodka

Stoli Citros - CopyStoli Citros vodka was introduced June 2003.  It is one of 17 vodka flavors Stoli crafts with winter wheat and pure Artesian well water.  It is triple distilled and then filtered four times through quartz, Siberian birch, quartz again, and finally a tightly woven cloth.  Natural citrus flavor is infused prior to the final filtration. Read more »

3
Apr

Review: Stoli White Pomegranik Vodka

Stoli white pomegranik - CopyStoli White Pomegranik vodka was introduced May 2010.  It is the only White Pomegranate flavored vodka currently on the market today.  The white pomegranate is native to Iraq, south of Baghdad.  It differs from the more popular red pomegranate in that it has fewer tannins and is less tart.  It is one of 17 vodka flavors Stoli crafts with wheat and pure artesian well water.  It is triple distilled and filtered four times before natural white pomegranate flavor is infused. Read more »

2
Feb

Review: Stoli Gala Applik Vodka

stoli gala applik - CopyStoli Gala Applik vodka was introduced in the summer of 2009.  It is one of 17 vodka flavors they craft with wheat and pure artesian well water.  It is triple distilled and filtered four times through quartz, sand, and finally charcoal from Russian birch.  Natural Gala apple flavor is infused, before bottling at 70 proof.  The Gala apple is the second best selling apple in the US.  It was first breed in New Zealand in the 1930’s, and it is a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Kidd’s Orange Red apple. Read more »

31
Dec

Review: Stoli Blakberi Vodka

Stoli Blakberi vodka - CopyStoli Blakberi vodka was introduced April 2008.  This is my last post for 2014 and it seems like a good time to say goodbye to this vodka as I also say goodbye to 2014.  While I’ve seen no formal announcement, Blakberi no longer appears on the Stoli website and I rarely see it on store shelves, so if you are interested I’d grab a bottle sooner rather than later.  Blakberi is crafted with wheat and pure Artesian well water.  It is triple distilled and filtered four times.  Natural blackberry flavor is infused before bottling at 70 proof Read more »

31
Dec

Review: Stoli Ohranj Vodka

Stoli Ohranj vodka - CopyStoli Ohranj vodka was introduced in 2005.  It is one of 17 vodka flavors currently crafted by Stoli in Latvia with wheat and pure Artesian well water.  It is triple distilled with the heads and oily tails removed leaving only the heart of the vodka.  It is filtered four times, first through quartz sand and finally through charcoal from Russian birch.  Natural orange flavor is infused before it is bottled at 70 proof.  Read more »