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March 28, 2018

Review: Stoli Cucumber Vodka

by Jeff Ellingson

Stoli Cucumber Vodka will soon be arriving at local liquor stores nationwide.  This is the first new flavored vodka Stoli has produced using their signature Stolichnaya vodka base since 2012.  They did launch Stoli Crushed Pineapple and Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit, two gluten free vodka’s made from corn and buckwheat that are flavored with natural fruit juice and bottled at 60 proof last year.  Stoli Crushed Mango is coming soon.  Stoli Cucumber is made from estate grown winter wheat, from fields in the Tambov region surrounding their distillery.  The spirit is triple distilled.  Pure artesian well water is blended to reduce to proof and the vodka is quadruple filtered through  a series that includes quartz, Siberian Birch, and tightly woven cloth.  While most flavored vodka’s are bottled at 70 proof, and some as low as 60 proof, Stoli Cucumber Vodka weighs in at 75 proof.    The aroma is sliced cucumber and fresh baked bread with a subtle vanilla and lime backing.  The wheat pastry entry has a soft mouth feel.  Fresh cucumber, lime, and vanilla flavor arrive and later fade with natural wheat and a hint of cocoa flavor.  The finish is warm semidry and mineral with a mild peppery sting, cucumber, lime peel, vinegar, mint, and charcoal taste.  Stoli Cucumber Vodka is a soft and creamy natural tasting cucumber flavored vodka, smooth enough to serve chilled in a martini glass with a slice of cucumber.

Five Point Scale

Flavor: 4.25

Flavor Intensity: 3.5

Sweetness: 2.5

Vodka Taste/Presence: 3

Finish: 3.25

Made in Latvia

37.5% Alcohol

Score: 91

Award: Gold Medal

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