Can you find Moldova on a map? (Hint, it is neither an island nor part of what was Yugoslavia.) Never you mind, sir, for the vodka made there, Exclusiv, is imported to our shores.
Distilled from wheat, this is simple, Old World vodka without a lot of fuss. Intensely medicinal on the nose, it offers simple character on a medium body, just a touch of sweetness, and a clean, bracing finish. Almost no secondary flavor profile here. Maybe a touch of lemon oil. If you’re looking for a fairly inexpensive vodka — er, “vodca” — that can be a workhorse for cocktails — and they’re out of Smirnoff — Exclusiv will get the job done admirably.
And, by the way, Moldova is here.
B+ / $19 / exclusiv-vodka.com