55 reviews of Russian Standard
A pleasurable experience! Too bad we can't get here in the US.
Reviewer: Jeff | Score: 4
I like Russian Standard very much !!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: Adel | Score: 5
Tastes like vodka should and as smooth as silk no burn at the end and no hangover
Reviewer: David Heydt | Score: 5
I spent 4 years in Russia and tasted them all. Ruskie Standart was by far the best. It went down smooth and didn't hurt you the next day. This is the premiere vodka of Russia
Reviewer: Bill Baird | Score: 5
Even Russians say that this is the best vodka you can get. It is truely the finest available.
Reviewer: Simon Dadd | Score: 5
This is probably the best vodka produced and certainly recognized as such in the motherland Russia. Both the original and the platinum are very smooth and with the perfect taste and no uncomfortable aftertaste. It is worth the plane ticket to Moscow!
Reviewer: Robert Loewe | Score: 5
After a recent trip to Moscow, conducted a taste test with Moskovskaya Crystall, Russian Standard Platinum, Absolut and Grey Goose. Moskovskaya and Russian Standart came in a close #1 & #2, respectively. Both have a sweet bouquet, excellent taste and smooth finish, no burn...and no hangover. Absolut and Grey Goose were #3 and #4, repsectively, both having much less smooth taste and "burning" finish. Many friends in Russia also recommend either Mosko Crystall or Russian Standard as "best" Russian Vodka
Reviewer: Tim | Score: 5
I returned from 2 weeks in Russia just 2 days ago. Having been a confirmed Grey Goose drinker, I was pleasantly surprised with my experience with Russian Standard vodka. Uniformly recommended by all bartenders in high end hotels etc. it lives up to its reputation. Smooth, no burn, even enjoyed by those not used to drinking vodka neat.
Reviewer: Tom Lasky | Score: 5
simply the best vodka I ever had....
Reviewer: Philip Salvisberg | Score: 5
This is the only vodka that has landed me in a jail in St Petersburg. Russian police very friendly. Highly recommended
Reviewer: Rick Booth | Score: 5
Vodka is the best of all spirits in the world. Russian Standard is the best Vodka of all. I love this stuff.
Reviewer: nagu | Score: 5
I rate this vodka second behind Shakespeare vodka. Third on my list would be Absolut Citron. I'll have to wait and see if Vodkaphiles publishes this rating!
Reviewer: Russ Arsaga | Score: 4
In a class of its own...Simply the best.
Reviewer: LL | Score: 5
An excellent vodka - silky smooth without being spineless, and a very obvious step up from an already very good Russian Standard [regular].
Reviewer: Alexander | Score: 5
Shakespeare vodka is still the best!
Just try it once.
Reviewer: Peter | Score: 4
As far as Russian vodka goes, Russian Standard tastes no better than Flagman (which is considerably cheaper) and is not much better than local brands like Sankt Piterburg. Russian Standard has simply been a lesson in good branding which has impressed us in Russia. And as for their claims to have 'rediscovered' Mendeleev's ideal formula for vodka, I've never heard such rubbish!
Reviewer: Kolya Anderson | Score: 3
I never was a big vodka drinker until I moved to Russia for 4 years. Ruskie Standart is certainly an outstanding vodka. The other Russian stuff is nothing to write home about. Finlandia isn't too bad either.
Reviewer: Bill Baird | Score: 5
Russians, when I was there, were suprised at my preference for this vodka. Apparently it's not considered the best vodka by Russians, but it is my favorite. Much better than Grey Goose, which has too many extraneous flavors. The name also appeals to me in that it's reminiscent of the characteristically unimaginative company names used in the Soviet time, which is for me mildly nostalgic.
Reviewer: F Kellaway | Score: 5
I have tried many brands ie. Kettle 1, Grey Goose, Belvedere ect, but Russian Standard (non platinum) is DA BOMB !
I had 6 people drink straight shots from the bottle I brought back. It was unanimous "it was proclaimed the best Vodka ever" also the next day no ill effects can't beat that.
Reviewer: George Schulte | Score: 5
I recently tried a few shots of Russian Standard Platinum, after which we drank Grey Goose the supposed #1 Vodka in the world. After the Russian Standard the Grey Goose which I had thought was the smoothest tasted rough and bitter. The result Absolutly amazing, Russian Standard Platinum is the best Vodka in the world.
Reviewer: Benny Crick | Score: 5
very good, hard to find...hard to be without...you can get it in the U.S.
Reviewer: Brad S. | Score: 5
In three blind tastings (20+ brands) between family and friends this one has come out top each time. On the one occasion that there were two (covered) bottles it came a close 1st & 2nd! Finally found a UK supplier so I don't need to pester my russian colleagues.
Reviewer: budge | Score: 5
I think R.S. tastes like formaldehyde. Had one shot when I first came to Russia, haven't had it since. Gzhelka is ten times better, and even Karelia and Petrovskaya Sloboda, two vodkas made in the town where I live, are a lot better in my opinion. Save your money and buy something else.
Reviewer: Mike | Score: 2
RS is like drinking from the breast of Mother Russia! Warm and satisfying with the cleanest finish I have experienced.
Reviewer: Chris | Score: 5
Clean and smooth, with a solid warming and no sharp edges. I've had vodkas from all over Russia and Europe--Ketel One being my usual fave--and this is hands-down the finest vodka I've ever had. (The reviewers praising Gzhelka and others are too used to harsh vodka, imo.)
Reviewer: Tom | Score: 5
This is the finest vodka. Period. I've being drinking best vodkas for many years, mostly Russian like Stoly, Moskovskaya, Cristall, Smirnoff Black label(Russian distilled). Well,they are all great vodkas. But Russkiy Standart is in a ligue of it's own. It's available in some places in Brooklyn, but it will not be exported to USA any more and I have no idea why.
Reviewer: Peter | Score: 5
Sold as a premium in Moscow, sold in Oyster bars at airports, and we know why. No choking afterburn, just glides down. best bottle that I have ever had. Always keep a bottle in the freezer. Don't mix it, just wasting it!
Reviewer: Phil Thompson | Score: 5
Take it from a Russian - this is a darn good vodka (Platinum). Smooth, soul-warming, and no hangover at all. I hope the quality of RS does not go down as it often happens with popular vodkas. Having used his other famous product, I also look forward to tasting a new vodka from Kalashnikov. I couldn't find neither of these vodkas in the US; does anyone know a source?
Reviewer: Pete | Score: 5
The smoothest, cleanest and purest vodka I've tasted. Since Palm Bay Imports dropped it, I've not been able to find it in NY, can anyone help me? I don't bother chilling the stuff; it's that good.
Reviewer: Luigi DeLuca | Score: 5
I've had dreams of Russian Standard ever since my trip to Moscow last year. I thought it couldn't possibly live up to the euphoria of my vacation but a friend brought some home to California and indeed, it made the Belvedere I was drinking taste like rubbing alcohol....
Reviewer: Brian | Score: 5
Two trips to Russia while adopting our little girl. We feel in love with her and Russian Standard. This is by FAR the best Vodka made. So smooth but tasty. I would line up to get more...
Reviewer: Chris | Score: 1
smooth and tasty.
Reviewer: Maksim Markov | Score: 4
Great stuff ! It is available in the US now, but your local store most likely have to order it.
Reviewer: Terry | Score: 1
I will post a 5 because I am sure that Chris and Terry meant to do so from their comments. I usually prefer potato based vodkas, but this is a very special product. So soft and smooth.
Reviewer: The Baron | Score: 5
I like a vodka that I can taste and savor. This one has a very appealing nose, and is smooth yet loaded with mouth feel. Enjoy this one with about five minutes of ice melt, and the flavor opens up, winter grains, wheatberrys and soft water. Big and round, with a slight vanilla sweetness. Clean finish, pleasant, warm feel, Not hot, and no burn. A Big- Classic Russian Vodka.
Reviewer: J | Score: 5
alright, lets not get confused here. it has good flavor, but to say it has no bite at the end is a blatent lie! i happen to like the bite, so i much enjoy this vodka, full of fruit and character, at $25.xx per 750ml here in canada, it's miles above other brands in the grain sector of similar price. i still prefer Luksusowa, but then, i like potatoe vodka's. for grain and price, this is a winner.
Reviewer: EsocLucius | Score: 5
I discovered Russian Standard a few months ago, just before Christmas 2009, when it became available in Canada. It was a very pleasant surprise: I never thought that a wheat-based vodka could taste and smell so good and have so much character... I was wrong. This is definitely in a class of its own. Do not get confused by the sumptuousness of their advertising campain (which I don't dislike at all actually); rest assured, the product itself is of very high quality. I can hardly wait to taste the Platinum version and Imperia...
Reviewer: Bogdan Petculescu | Score: 5
i had the opportunity to taste three vodkas this week - grey goose, smirnoff vanila, abolsut citron and russian standard. i'll rule out smirnoff vanila and absolut citron right away becuase i just did not like flavor in my vodka. grey goose was alright. but russian standard platinum was the best. i liked it best in a frozen shot, but keeping for a bit in the mouth and tasting it.
Reviewer: Anton Dsilva | Score: 5
Lively nose with hint of charcoal, toasted wheat, anise and lemongrass notes, medium finish. As far as entry level vodkas from Russia, this doesn't do too badly. When priced against Stoli, it delivers a fairly focused set of tasting notes, with the right amount of polish to keep the finish from being too aggressive.
Reviewer: Christropher Home Cutler | Score: 3
Middle of the road....just like the name says...Standard. I really didn't enjoy too much. O.K. for mixing.
Reviewer: Ray Abraham | Score: 3
Russian Standard Original is a wonderful vodka. Reasonably priced as far as mid-to-high-end vodka goes. Extremely smooth and soft with minimal burn on the way down. I usually prefer to drink it neat, but it mixes well according to friends I've made mixed drinks for. By far my favorite pure grain vodka. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Chris Robinson | Score: 5
A great vodka. That says it all. Nick
Reviewer: Nick | Score: 5
There really isn't a better wheat vodka (or any grain vodka ) at anywhere near this price . Any perceived preference for super premium vodka at twice the price usually is negated with blind tastings. This is the real deal and a must stock bottle . Approximately 25 Canadian dollars /750ml in Toronto .
Reviewer: Sean Smith | Score: 5
Reviewer: suzy | Score: 1
Just tried Russian Standard and I am completely amazed. The flavor vs. price is amazing. If you like Liquor with some flavor...not just an alcohol aftertaste then this is for you. I still have the occasional bottle of Starka sent over from a friend (aged rye type), and this helps bridge the gaps nicely!!! You cant go wrong.
Reviewer: Chris C. | Score: 5
I remember walking into the local sainsburys [UK super market for those who dont know] and asking the store attendant for a bottle of Smirnoff [I was feeling poor] and the nice gentleman suggested i try Russian Standard. 2 weeks later, after pay day, i come back and order a bottle from the same chap and well what can i say, always take advice from Russian store clerks ... they know their vodka! Excellent stuff, not the best but definitely very drinkable!
Reviewer: calum | Score: 4
RS platinum is smooth for drinking up straight. The best you money can buy, the best I tell you!
Reviewer: John | Score: 5
Decent, used to be better.
Reviewer: Joe | Score: 3
Of the brands now widely available in UK supermarkets, this is probably the best, bar maybe Finlandia - it's certainly far better than market leader Smirnoff, which I'll never touch again after having found RS to be superior...
Reviewer: Dave | Score: 4
I dont know what part of the states the first review was in but here in Texas they sell this at plenty of the liquor stores!!!
Reviewer: dannyr | Score: 5
I wont give nothing a five (untill that one special vodka comes), however Ive only given one other vodka a four, Fris. This stuff tastes better than Fris, but is twice as much ($17 in Ohio)-hence the two four rankings. This stuff also has a nice smell, and a cool bottle (not that those things matter). When Im short on cash Ill go with Fris, but when I have the dough its Russian Standard.
Reviewer: jmr | Score: 4
Smooth silky taste with a gentle bite at the end. Best vodka for drinking straight.
Reviewer: Joshua | Score: 5
I don't think you can beat Russian Standards value. It is an excellent vodka at a great price.
Reviewer: Nucky | Score: 5
mothers milk ./
Reviewer: grant | Score: 4
I'm baffled at so many stellar comments. Maybe Bevmo switched bottles on me. I find RS too harsh and the finish biting and regrettably long-lasting. A mixer vodka at best.
Reviewer: Matt | Score: 3