Review: The Diamond Standard Vodka

Review: The Diamond Standard Vodka


The world is awash in $30 vodkas. It takes serious cojones to price what is supposed to be a flavorless, clear spirit at more than twice that. At $73 and up, The Diamond Standard Vodka is one of the most expensive vodkas on the market (though there are pricier ones).

Calling itself “fashion you can drink,” Diamond Standard wears its luxe credo right on its bottle — encrusted with a giant 25mm Swarovski crystal and a diamond-shaped metal dog tag. Rest assured, before you even open the decanter, you know you’re dealing with something a bit above Popov.

Distilled from rye in Poland and filtered through (what else) DeBeers diamonds, it’s a standard 80 proof concoction. The vodka is, well, it’s fine. It reminds me of many other rye-based vodkas — an odd choice for a hyper-premium brand — with a hefty spicy character and a traditional medicinal finish. There’s a touch of lemon in the body, and a bittersweet finish. Really a very nice product, but is it worth $73 a bottle? Yow, that’s asking a lot in a down economy.

80 proof. Aka Diamond Vodka.

B+ / $73

(actual bottle looks slightly different, font-wise, and has “tears” dripping down from the diamond)

The Diamond Standard Vodka




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


  1. Tim on June 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Great had it in Miami last week, definetely worth it

  2. Anonymous on July 5, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    loved it!! Sexy in a bottle.

  3. Dawn on July 11, 2009 at 11:09 am

    This is absolutely the best vodka I’ve ever tasted! My girlfriend bought it just to have the beautiful bottle on display! She plans to start a collection.

  4. Patti on July 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I received this as a gift from my best friend as a 25 year wedding anniversary gift. The bottle is too beautiful to open!!! Maybe one day!!!!

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