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Russian Diamond Vodka

Russian Diamond Vodka


By Robert Plotkin

Russia is the center of the known universe when it comes to vodka. Arguably no one makes it better. The symbolic heart of that universe is Moscow and the famed Rodnik Distillery. For generations it has produced a string of highly successful small batch vodkas using artisanal techniques and traditional equipment.

With the turn of the 21st century, the master distiller at Rodnik committed the distillery on a new path to achieve the lofty goal of creating a vodka so pure and luxurious the likes of which had yet to be seen. It would require the distillery take a giant leap in technology. Over the ensuing decade, Rodnik was completely overhauled and refitted with state of the art continuous stills and an advanced filtration system.

The result of this pursuit is Russian Diamond Vodka. It is made from a blend of premium rye, hardy winter wheat and pristine artesian water drawn from deep under the renowned Mytishchi Springs. The mash is fermented and then distilled in Rodnik's multi-column, continuous still.

Here's where the process gets really impressive. After the vodka exits the still it undergoes a 57-stage filtration process. While much of the methodology remains a proprietary secret, the filtration process is known to involve filtering the vodka through precious metals and minerals, such as schungite crystals, smoke stones and rare onyx; biological filters, such as herbs, grains, Siberian pine and boreal Larch tree needles; as well as multiple filters comprised of different fabrics. In total, the 57 filters contribute greatly to its complex character.

Prior to being bottled at 40% alcohol (80 proof), the vodka is a rested to allow its constituent elements to fully integrate.

Alone in the glass, Russian Diamond is a museum-grade gem. It has crystalline clarity, a lush, medium-weight body and a generous floral and spice bouquet. The vodka raises little heat as it bathes the palate with the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, mint, anise and dried fruit. The finish is spicy warm and impressively long. What more can you ask from an intrinsically neutral spirit?

Russian Diamond is best savored neat at room temperature. It's the surest way to appreciate its singular characteristics. When served icy cold, the chill narrows its flavor profile and with this vodka that would do it a grave injustice.

The import also makes an excellent foundation upon which to build a light, refreshing cocktail. Its broad shoulders and tremendous depth of character make it perfectly suited for drink making. And unlike many of its competitors, Russian Diamond sports a modest price tag, which makes it an attractive brand to feature in signature cocktails.

Is it simply coincidence that a diamond obtains its brilliance from the precision of its 57 facets and this vodka gets its multi-faceted personality from the same number of precise cuts? Coincidence? Not likely.