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Russian Standard Imperial Vodka

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Russian Standard vodka is made from a base of winter wheat, often regarded as one of the smoothest and most neutral grain bases for a vodka, and blended down with glacial spring water. They filter the vodka through a combination of charcoal, silver, and quartz. They say the original formula is that set down by Dmitri Mendeleev, creator of the periodic table and administrator who set the standard for vodka in Tsar Alexander's court.

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This bottle has 16 ratings and 16 reviews.
Devilbeats Devilbeats (56)
Rating: 4.0 (2017-04-28)
Pretty great vodka. You can definitely taste the wheat, though that isn't necessarily a detraction. I agree with the sentiment about the oily texture, and there's a wheat, mineral, citrus zest profile. Long lasting bitter finish with plenty of wheat. It's tasty neat, but not as pure as a mixer might expect. I like my vodka with character anyways!
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davedvdy davedvdy (16)
Rating: 4.7 (2017-04-09)
Russian Standard is one of the best premium values in vodka. A benchmark of what vodka should be. Smooth. A slight oily flavor on the tongue. Very balanced, and has subtle sweet and spice on the finish. Their Platinum Edition is smoother and cleaner but it's also more neutral, so it has less of a distinct profile (likely due to the platinum filtration), so I generally prefer this standard edition.
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tnmike1 tnmike1 (56)
Rating: 4.0 (2017-01-06)[Updated Review]
I read somewhere that the importer for this in the US filed for bankruptcy. Does this mean no more Russian Standard in the US
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Review Comments
Proof66 Staff (2017-01-10):
Hello... Proof66 staff editor here. Presuming you like the vodka! I can't find any suggestion that the importer is bankrupt. The European distributor CEDC ran into financial trouble in 2013 but emerged after a deal with a bank. The last TTB filing for a US importer was in January, 2016. Everything seems fine so far as we can see. Do you know differently?

tnmike1 (2017-01-11):
Sorry if I was wrong It was a news article in "Under the Label" another website devoted to liquor reviews. I read it awhile back so maybe it was an older article that had been resurrected. Good to hear it will be available

Proof66 Staff (2017-01-11):
Not at all! We try to stay current and like it when we get tips from people like yourself. Just wanted to follow up and see if there's an update we need and missed. Let us know whenever you see something that doesn't seem right!

Tnmike1 (2017-05-22):
Thought I'd add that I hate the size of the bottle. Quite large and hard to hold. So I pour the contents into an empty plastic Gordons gin bottle which is easier to handle

kidshelleen51 kidshelleen51 (22)
Rating: 4.5 (2016-10-30)
Just tried this for the first time and I think I have a new favorite. I like my vodka from the freezer over a few ice cubes and this one is perfect for that. It's smooth without being tasteless and has a nice little kick to it. Well worth a try.
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Vossmeister Vossmeister (53)
Rating: 2.0 (2016-06-12)
Average vodka
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Andy1991 Andy1991 (27)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-04-30)
The smoothest vodka I had. Havent had many vodkas straight, as Im not a big vodka guy, but took a sip of this and was very smooth. Hardly any burn. Must have for any home bar. Great for Moscow Mules!
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Kinaner Kinaner (31)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-12-02)
Pretty good, extremely smooth and it's not near as offensive as many other similarly priced vodkas. Definitely try this out.
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jaketaz jaketaz (235)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-03-23)
Truly one of the all-time bargains of the booze world, an excellent product that has remained under the radar despite outdoing much more expensive and popular vodkas. Works straight or mixed, perfection for a Moscow Mule. As another reviewer noted, it tastes of mineral water, with a mellow black pepper heat. Not the best choice for various fruity "club" cocktails - better to go with a flavorless vodka like Ciroc. This is a real vodka that tastes like real vodka, albeit an exceedingly smooth and consistent one, and usually $20 or less. No reason to waste money on Grey Goose, this stuff is truly just that good.
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Hangernaid Hangernaid (9)
Rating: 3.0 (2013-10-23)
This is acceptable vodka, there is a bottle in my desk drawer, but it is not one of my favorite vodkas. It is more of a novelty. In Kiev I was drinking with University Faculty, and they were proud of the fact they broke out Russian Standard. I find it has some bite neat at room temp, Ciroc and Tito's are both better neat. Having said that, Russian Standard is considered a top shelf vodka in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. In a mix, Sobieski is perhaps better for a lot less money. Russian Standard is a middle ground vodka, not securing a place in my bar beyond name recognition.
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Dakota Dakota (136)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-05-22)
High Quality. Strong Vodka taste.
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StevenSauce StevenSauce (75)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-02-04)
4.6 stars Excellent Vodka for the price, smooth, very clean with just a little aftertaste.
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Therion Therion (19)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-01-31)
Has slightly less burn than it's primary competitor in most markets, stoli, but for me the taste was very noticeable when mixed with drinks. Not in a good way either. Good for drinking straight, if that's your thing.
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milodon milodon (2)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-03-01)
I'm an experienced vodka drinker that has tried well over 50 different vodka's. I've tried Ketel One and Grey Goose and Purus and Pravda and Effen and you get the idea... Russian Standard Platinum is simply the best vodka I have ever tried. No odor or smell at room temp. Smooth with no burn. It literally tastes like mineral water. It does not get any better than this...
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Daan Daan (1)
Rating: 4.0 (2011-09-05)
I was looking for bottle of red stolichnayaat the liquor store but it was sold out and the guy told me to take this, I was abit sceptical since I really like stoli but I tried it anyway. It is just great! Tastes very good, smooth and less afterburn then the stoli. Definitely worth the price. I really like it  and it is my new 'standard' vodka.
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huskerscottr huskerscottr (1)
Rating: 5.0 (2011-07-11)
By far the smoothest vodka available at the local package store!
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vodkamaven vodkamaven (2)
Rating: 5.0 (2011-04-05)
By far the best premium vodka Ive ever tasted. Goodbye Goose, Goodbye Ketel, Helloooo Russian Standard. The #1 PREMIUM VODKA IN RUSSIA
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