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Review: Russian Standard (Original) Vodka

Does price matter? Russian Standard offers an “original” version of its vodka in addition to a “Platinum” bottling and its vaunted “Imperia,” which I’ve previously reviewed. All are made in basically the same way, with a few differences, namely in the filtration systems they employ. But Russian Standard “Original” is just $22 a bottle, while Imperia is $34 (though I can find it on sale for $29 right now. Is it worth $12 more? Or even $7?

I put a shot of Imperia side by side with Original Russian Standard, and to tell the truth, any difference was extremely slight. Imperia was a tiny bit smoother, while Original had a stronger tone of wheat to it (or what is commonly referred to as “bread”). The Imperia was faintly sweeter than Original, too.

But on the whole, unless I was drinking these straight and competitively, I’d never be able to tell the difference. Add a mixer, and you can forget about noticing a difference at all.

So there you have it: Russian Standard’s cheapest and priciest vodkas are, for all intents and purposes, pretty much identical.

B+ / $22

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. sandrar September 10, 2009

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  2. julia clarke October 16, 2009

    I think you should have me as an advocat or marketing guru. Bought 2 bottles of your vodka and converted many. The best vodka ever tried. Very smooth, exceptional quality and the best yet!

  3. Karl January 12, 2010

    This Vodka is very shitty! It gave me food poisoning

  4. ryan March 13, 2010

    the new platinum bottel is great but still grey goose is the best….and for the record we get the original bottle in lebanon for 10$ and the platinum for 13$

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  6. seth April 19, 2011

    karl, i believe what you call food poisoning, most others would call a hangover…

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  8. jas July 6, 2011

    we drank this this weekend , shots- chilled over ice ..the smoothest vodka ever, we tried a shot of Grey Goose,and it was like night and day.
    I now have a new favorite vodka

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