Organika aspires to excellence. The vodka starts with wheat and adds Siberian larch, an antioxidant similar to those found in red wine, to the distillation process. Only the heart of distillation is used for the vodka to ensure that the product is of highest quality. The water is sourced from Siberia’s highly oxygenated Lake Baikal. Plus, the company contributes to the preservation of the Amur tiger, the likeness of which is beautifully emblazoned on the bottle.
I’m no expert in the health benefits of these ingredients in a vodka, so I’ll just get on to the review.
Organika is a unique Russian-style vodka. This vodka is sweet in the mouth and smooth on the swallow. It has a hint of the bite that I love Russian vodkas for, but it’s incredibly subdued compared to other Russian vodkas that I’ve tried. At least from where I sit on the opposite side of the northern hemisphere, Organika is among the best Russian vodkas.
I’ve gotten plenty of flack over the years for how I comport myself when reviewing cocktails. I always tried to be pragmatic about mixing. I use the ingredients available at clubs or what I have on hand around the house. Truth be told, I hate mixing vodka. Organika, like any great Russian vodka, is perfect for me to practice my disdain of mixing.
This vodka should not be mixed, but I’ll do you a solid, dear reader, by making one screw driver. I mixed one part Organika with two parts orange juice, and the cocktail is quite nice. The vodka doesn’t muddy the flavor of the orange juice, but the flavor of the vodka so clearly comes through. As much as I hate to admit it, Organika makes one of the best screw drivers I’ve ever had.
Nowadays, it’s rare that I try a vodka that is this easy to talk about. Organika is everything I expect from a Russian vodka, but better. With most Russian vodkas, I cherish the bite because it grounds me in the struggle of life. When I drink Organika, I cherish the joy of celebrating life.