This outspoken original has set the benchmark for authentic premium Russian vodka—unmatched heritage honed for today’s connoisseur. Recognized in its homeland as a benchmark for excellence, Russian Standard Original owes its name and quality to Dmitri Mendeleev’s classic formula, commissioned by Tsar Alexander III for optimum balance and purity. Its combination of traditional wheat taste—from the hardy winter wheat of the Russian steppes—and remarkable clarity—from the soft glacial waters of the frozen north—make Russian Standard Original a perfect vodka to sip neat or as your preferred spirit for a long drink. Russian Standard has come to epitomize vodka in the spirit’s motherland, and in the process become an iconic symbol of modern Russian life and dynamism. The dramatic bottle design, inspired by the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in the heart of Moscow, evokes Russia’s Imperial past, and the vital role that vodka plays in Russia’s most elegant traditions. Striking a balance between Russian heritage and the energy of modern life, Russian Standard Original is a masterpiece of technology, passion and craftsmanship.
| Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points (Apr 2014)
A telling nose of wild clover, honeysuckle, wet grass and grapefruit zest leap from the glass. In the mouth, citrus and a subdued trace of ripe tropical fruit show themselves before a very crisp and concise finish.