Russia

Russians invented vodka centuries ago, but the U.S. government only recognized the clear spirit (which was deemed odorless and tasteless) as a separate spirit category in 1951. Since then, distillers...
When first unveiled in 2003, elit by Stolichnaya vodka justified its $60 premium price with promises of unparalleled purity and crispness delivered by a cold filtration process that makes it easier...
The object in making fine vodka, until recently, has been largely to eliminate rather than to exaggerate flavors. Popular taste, however, has gone in the opposite direction. Today’s flavored and...