When the Russians launch a new vodka in the USA, you better believe they're going to land in grand fashion. Distilled and bottled in Russia using harvested winter wheat from the country's Black Steppes, Russian Standard Gold ($45) is a vodka with Siberian ginseng extract that has notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and various spices. Link
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