Stolichnaya Elit Vodka (750ml)
Aroma is dry, clean, and grainy, with background notes of parchment and litchi; later passes offer semisweet, mildly smoky/ashy scents of charcoal and smoldering embers. Palate entry is firm, moderately oily, bittersweet; at midpalate concentrated and spicy grain flavors mingle adroitly with the smoky, sap- and resin-sweet birch-charcoal filtering influence. Concludes sweetly and almost candy-like.
Stolichnaya's luxury vodka, Elit, is distilled four times then filtered in a patented process that mimics the age-old Russian tradition of pouring the vodka into wooden barrels and keeping them outside in the Russian cold. The impurities are then frozen out, leaving only the best vodka in the liquid center. A clean, neutral spirit with just a whisper of toasted grain, the Elit is sumptuous yet light. Best served straight, chilled or over ice. 97 points Beverage Testing Institute: "Clear. Very neutral aromas of river rocks, faint anise, and custard. A silky, effortless entry leads to a glycerous, dryish medium-to-full body of sweet cream, powdered sugar, talc, and tarragon, and honeyed lemon verbena flavors. Finishes with long, smooth wet stone and lemon custard-like fade. Superb texture, smoothness, and clean pure flavors." International Review of Spirits Award: Platinum Medal