Here’s the sell: Authentic Russian vodka, distilled six times, ten bucks a bottle.
Though I can’t find it near me for less than $11, Ruskova is an amazing deal. The company is trying to sell the spirit as a premium product at a bare-bones price, and it’s true. This is a very clean vodka that’s great with mixers and even on its own, straight from the freezer.
80 proof, it’s a chewy, bread-like vodka with distinct flavors of grain. It’s medicinal on the finish but still very pleasant. I found this vodka to go down amazingly easily, with none of the bitterness and gut-punching that you get with really cheap spirits. It’s not going to blow your socks off, but tasted blind you’ll undoubtedly rank it higher than at least a few bottles at twice the price or more. Was I surprised? You bet, but if you’re going to make (or drink) any inexpensive spirit, vodka’s the one to pick.
Some may complain that Ruskova is too medicinal. Your mileage may vary, but for 11 bucks you can probably afford to experiment.
B+ / $11