GSN Review: Russian Diamond Vodka

russian_diamond2013_front_eng_750Russia and vodka are inextricably intertwined in so many ways, that it’s virtually impossible to separate the two.  So, what about the diamond connection?  Well, it turns out that diamonds have 57 facets when cut using the “brilliant” method first engineered by Polish diamond cutter  Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919.  It is this number of facets that are similarly used when creating Russian Diamond vodka.  Filtered through crystals, gemstones, fabrics, pine needles, herbs and grains, the end product is unique among all vodkas on the market.

Russian Diamond is a blend of wheat and rye crafted in Moscow at the Rodnik Distillery.  It is made with deep water from the Mytishchi Springs, and then rested until the master distiller declares it ready for bottling.

Russian Diamond (80 proof)
Visual: Crystal clear.
Nose: Lots of mineral high notes, fresh green pepper, sugar cane, the slightest hint of tobacco leaf.
Taste: Very smooth and creamy with a dry bite toward the end.  Clean, packed with a lot of sugar and spice.  More character than I was expecting from such a variety of filtration.
Finish: Medium short with a tannic edge that allows for a dry fade.  Clean and bright.
Overall: Well done and excellent for both sipping on its own, or used in a vodka based cocktail.  Look for an expressive body that will withstand dilution.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Russian Diamond