Stolichnaya vodka (commonly called Stoli) was a favorite of mine in California. It’s a great vodka for the dollar. It comes straight from Russia, diluted to 40% alcohol by volume with artesian water from 96% grain alcohol. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.
The flavor is muted at first but slowly starts to reveal itself as bitter-sweet. The swallow, while smooth, burns slightly and warms on the way down, leaving a bitter taste behind. It’s not a bad flavor, but it certainly isn’t sweet like other vodkas.
The Mixed Drink
The mixer on hand tonight is Red Bull. While drinking, the Stolichnaya complements the bitter undertones in the Red Bull, making the sweet flavors more apparent. Once it’s down, however, the bitter flavors of the Stoli linger momentarily. After knocking back a drink, the aftertaste becomes invisible.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take opinions on Stoli. We were all busy having fun. I can say that Stoli is a a great vodka to take to parties. Not only is it a known brand, it’s a great vodka for the dollar. It’s smooth, tastes good, and mixes well.