Cristalnaya Vodka

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 5010296169171
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

More about Cristalnaya Vodka

Produced by: G&J Distillers
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alc./vol: 38%

Proof: 76°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: Unaged

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Cristalnaya is the creation of Greenall's Master Distiller, Joanne Simcock and is based upon the vodka 'purity laws' developed in 1894 by Dmitri Mendeleev for Russian Tsar, Alexander III.
These laws included the use of 100 per cent grain spirit, charcoal filtration and a finished strength of 38% abv, the strength at which he pronounced the perfect anatomical balance between water and ethanol.

The appropriately Russian sounding name was inspired by both crystals (Cristal) and purity (Naya). Cristalnaya is based on 100 per cent wheat neutral alcohol which Joanne redistills with a secret botanical using a pot still in exactly the same way as gin is made. No sugar, glycerine or another sweetener is added to this vodka.

Review and Tasting


Sampled on 12/03/2012

Appearance:

Crystal clear.

Aroma:

Almost neutral nose give hints of grain over wet flint with very faint anise.

Taste:

Clean and dry with silky mouth feel, slight aniseed wheat flavour with the merest hint of almond and tingle of black pepper.

Aftertaste:

Clean, pleasantly warming finish with dying aniseed wheat notes. I don't know what the 'secret botanical' is but it makes a wonderfully silky vodka.

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