vanilla Vodka - Elegant aromas of vanilla pod, crème anglaise and chocolate, with undertones of toasted buttery grain, but without the heavy cloying sweetness of some vanilla vodkas. Palate brings sweetness to the fore, but is it light and balanced, with cocoa powder, white pepper and sweet spicy notes.
Fermentation of Stolichnaya
starts with wheat and rye grains and artesian water from the Russian city of Samara and the Kaliningrad region. The fermentation takes about 60 hours. Once fermentation is complete the resulting liquid is distilled four times to a strength of 96.4% ABV. This spirit is then diluted to bottling strength with more artesinal well water. It is then filtered through quartz, sand, activated charcoal, and finally through woven cloth.
The brand's logo features the words "Stolichnaya vodka" in gold cursive script, over a drawing of a Moscow landmark currently under re-construction, the Hotel Moskva, where Stalin once stayed and the site of one of the first Metro stations in the capital city
Stolichnaya has its origins in the Moscow State Wine Warehouse No. 1 which was opened in 1901 by the authorities to ensure higher quality vodka production.
There is confusion about the actual birth date of Stolichnaya vodka. The earliest confirmed production date is 1948, but the label design clearly predates 1946. It is likely that it was created by V. G. Svirida around 1944. However, there is a trademark patent dated 1938, which is sometimes quoted as another birth date.
In 1953, Stolichnaya
was introduced at the international trade show in Bern and received a gold medal.
If bought in Russia, the label reads: Russian Vodka (as seen in the photo). If bought outside of Russia, the label reads: Premium Vodka. Stoli is now produced and bottled in Latvia for SPI Cyprus and is labeled as Imported Premium Vodka.