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Russian Standard Vodka

Top 10 Vodkas

Russian Standard is the best-selling vodka in Russia

Origin: Russia; $22

Born in 1998, Russian Standard Vodka immediately changed the way Russians and others in the former Soviet Union perceive their most famous export. This vodka has a uniquely Russian feel and shows the qualities and skill associated with vodka’s heritage. There is a subtle, bread-like aroma coupled with the sterling crisp character of the winter grains both on the palate and the finish. Despite its low price tag, the quality is noticeable in every sip. The fact that it's smoother than others (while still producing that seminal Russian warmth on the finish) is only one of the many reasons the product has earned its moniker and is the Russian Standard.

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