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Beluga Noble Winter

What does it mean when you don’t pay attention in a statement about paying attention?

Ever since trying Beluga for the first time while I was in Russia in the summer of 2010, I have been a fan. But you can only drink so much of this stuff, especially since it’s pretty expensive. So every now and then I keep an eye open for…

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Beluga Celebration

Will Beluga Celebration be better than the original?

This being Beluga, and not just that, but Beluga Celebration, my expectations were high. And I didn’t feel disappointed. Beluga Celebration has only a very faint smell, which is always a good sign. If the stuff smells like some kind of…

Belenkaya Luxe vodka
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Belenkaya Luxe

Is this one just de luxe in name or is it really that good?

Behold! This one is called Беленькая Люкс – Belenkaya Luxe vodka, and it is not from Kyrgyzstan, even though I bought it there. No, it is from Russia! I was in Cholpon-Ata when I tried it, a beach resort on the northern shore of Issyk-kul. It was a few weeks after that tumultuous night of Jeti Oguz, the hangover had passed, and I had kept myself busy doing other things besides…

Legend Of Kremlin vodka
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Legend Of Kremlin

If there is a legend about the Kremlin, can we really expect to find it in a bottle of vodka?

This one is a premium brand like so many others. And like so many others it boasts a long tradition and some of the closest ties to Czar’s Family. There is apparently even…

Shtoffka vodka
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Shtoffka

Is this brand name hilarious, or is it just further proof that humor doesn’t improve from drinking?

You know how sometimes you get an idea stuck in your head, a totally random idea, and you just can’t get rid of it? To me, it was the idea that…

Ogni Kremlya vodka
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Ogni Kremlya

Is there anything reasonable I can say about this vodka after a long drunken night?

Rublëvka vodka
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Rublëvka

If there is nothing particular to be said about a certain vodka, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Kalinovaya vodka
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Kalinovaya

Is this the prettiest bottle design ever, and what do rowan berries really taste like?

Stolichnaya Elit vodka
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Stolichnaya Elit

Is this one of those luxury editions that are not much better than the originals?

Etalon vodka
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Etalon

Where is this stuff really from, and if we don’t know where it is from, do we even care?

Rusitsa vodka
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Rusitsa

What’s wrong with this cork cap and how important is it to attach a picture of a random woman to a vodka bottle?

Czar’s Gold vodka
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Czar’s Gold

Was giving this vodka an imperial name a mistake, or was it smart marketing for an excellent product?

Russkaya Ruletka vodka
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Russkaya Ruletka

Is there a reason to try Russian Roulette, or should we just stick to our guns and drink other stuff?

Baykal vodka
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Baikal

Is this the vodka brand with the best or the worst advertisement campaign ever?

Vysota Luxe vodka
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Vysota Luxe

Why is this vodka called deluxe, and why is it not enough to have a product that’s just decent?

Stolichnaya vodka
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Stolichnaya

Can this classic vodka live up to its name, and by the way: what is its name anyway?

Five Lakes vodka
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Five Lakes

When you drink this, will you feel the freshness of Siberian lakes or just the percentage of alcohol?

Kedrovitsa vodka
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Kedrovitsa

What do pine trees really taste like and why did I fail to notice them in this vodka?

Dvojnaya Belaya vodka
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Dvojnaya Belaya

If this is so good, then why don’t the people who sell it drink it themselves?

Hlebnaya vodka
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Ladoga Hlebnaya

Is there anything to be learned from drinking, and what does bread have to do with vodka?

Russian Standard vodka
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Russian Standard

Does a vodka brand have to be old and established in order to be truly great?

Green Mark vodka
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Green Mark

Is this just another washed up legend, or can it still live up to old expectations?

Kauffman vodka
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Kauffman

Is the hefty price tag on this vodka brand really justified, or is it just another luxury hype?

Beluga vodka
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Beluga Noble

Is Beluga overpriced, and why did they put a fish on the label and not a whale?

Imperia vodka
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Imperia

Is this what happens when you try to come up with something even more awesome than the original?

Parliament vodka
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Parliament

Does filtering with milk make any difference, and what is so awesome about this brand name?

Imperial Collection vodka
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Imperial Collection

Is this true deluxe or is it just another regular ass vodka with a nice name on the label?

Tigroff Ginseng vodka
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Tigroff Ginseng

What does ginseng aroma have to do in an all-black bottle with tiger scratch marks?

Kalashnikov vodka
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Kalashnikov Premium

Is it cool to drink an assault rifle, and who has this vodka brand been made for?

Georgievskaya Birch vodka
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Georgievskaya Birch

What does a birch tree really taste like, and why do people put it in their drinks?