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Stolichnaya Elit Vodka

Stolichnaya Elit Vodka


By Robert Plotkin

Russian Stoli Elit will undoubtedly become one of the prominent standard bearers for what sociologists call the "pursuit of small indulgences," a mega- trend in which we are all a bit more receptive to periodically sampling the good life. And that's just what ultra-premium Stolichnaya Elit Vodka is—a slice of the good life.

This most appropriately named vodka is distilled in small batches using select winter wheat and pristine glacier water. But the secret to this amazing distilled spirit is a technique called “freeze filtration,” a process devised in the days of the czars. Vodka was placed in barrels subjected to the terrible cold weather. Impurities in the vodka slowly gravitated to the wooden staves where they would become frozen and fall out of solution. Later, the essentially pure vodka would be poured out through an opening in the bottom of the barrel.

Your first sip of Stoli Elit will validate that it's genuinely a world-class spirit. It has a seamless, feather-weight body and an impeccably clean, flavorful character completely devoid of harshness. The vodka gradually warms the mouth and then quickly dissipates into a relaxed finish.

Stolichnaya Elit will make believers out of those who doubt that vodka is a stand-alone performer. It's a vodka that begs to be sampled neat or sipped wearing only a slight chill. Most mixologists will naturally opt to use it as the featured attraction in a gourmet Martini, Cosmopolitan and other vodka-based cocktails. Guaranteed, it will make any drink taste that much better.