Stolichnaya (taking its name from â€˜stolitsaâ€™ meaning â€˜capital cityâ€™), is a very well-known brand of vodka, which has its roots stretching back to 1901, though no one is really very sure of Stolichnayaâ€™s exact date of birth - some say 1944, some say 1946, some say 1948, and there was a trademark patent dated 1938. In 1972, Stolichnaya began to be imported to the United States by Pepsi, who were able to sell their soft drinks in the Soviet Union. Stoli (as it is colloquially known) is produced both in Russia and Latvia - two companies that produce it have disputed the ownership of the brand for years.
Stolichnaya is made using winter wheat and a small amount of rye to add character.
Nose: Sweet and oily, with whipped cream and a flinty edge.
Palate: Soft, with and oily mouthfeel. Cream, lemon peel and cracked pepper.
Finish: Sweet and lemony, with liquorice and a hint of charcoal.