One of the most prestigious and respected Russian vodkas, Beluga is created at The Mariinsk Distillery in the heart of Siberia. This region is famed for its clean air and pristine lakes and rivers, and Beluga reflects the purity of the environment in which it is created.
The brand is the concept of Alexander Mechetin, CEO and majority shareholder of The Beluga Group. Alexander had a long term vision to make Russian vodka more premium – both domestically and, perhaps more importantly, across international markets where Russian vodka was perceived as less desirable than some of its European competitors. First, however, Alexander had to find a home for his brand and in 2002 he partnered with The Mariinks Distillery in Siberia. Founded in 1900, Mariinsk was reputed to be one of the most innovative and efficient distilleries in Russia, and Beluga were given the opportunity to demonstrate this on the international stage.
Mariinsk combines the latest technology with over 100 years of vodka-making experience to bring you a range of vodka that has catapulted Beluga to one of the top-selling, super-premium, traditional vodkas across the globe. Alongside the purest Siberian water Beluga is made, unusually, with a base of malted barley.
Following years of research at Mariinsk, the first batch of Beluga Noble Russian Vodka was produced in 2002. The refined, rich taste of Noble results from its unique recipe that combines spirit distilled from malted barley with the purest water from Siberian artesian wells. The distillate then passes through a triple filtration system before the spirit is rested for thirty days in completely neutral tanks. Such attention to detail softens the spirit and enhances the rich taste and flavour of the vodka.
Nose: Mild cracked pepper with grainy aromas and faint notes of crushed mussel shells, aniseed, fennel and lavender honey.
Palate: Very clean with cracked black pepper spicy bite, notes of charcoal and coal dust with faint grainy character, nuts and lavender.
Finish: Long, dry finish with black pepper spice which fades with lingering dill and fennel emerging.