Inexperienced consumers believe that there are no types of vodka, and all that is sold is only ethyl alcohol diluted with water. But in fact, the vodka assortment is very wide. Not only is the alcohol itself obtained by different methods, it is also possible to improve the taste of the drink with various additives.
In Russia, it is customary to distinguish two types of vodkas: ordinary and special.
Ordinary – these are simple water-alcohol mixtures that do not contain foreign impurities, they only include alcohol and water. The taste of these vodkas depends on the concentration of alcohol and the quality of the water. In our stores, ordinary species are represented by such varieties of vodka as Pshenichnaya, Ordinary Starorusskaya, Sibirskaya, Extra.
Special – in their production, aromatic and flavoring additives are used that soften the burning taste of alcohol. Drinking them is more pleasant than ordinary types of vodkas. Special vodkas include: Stolichnaya, Posolskaya, Russkaya, Moskovskaya Osobaya and Rossiyskaya.
In many countries, there are alcoholic drinks that resemble vodka. The recipe and raw materials may differ, but in a sense, it is also vodka.
|Name of vodka||Raw materials||Country|
|Absinthe||sagebrush||France, Czech Republic|
|Arka||koumiss||Buryatia and Kalmykia|
|Buryakovka (Buryachikha)||sugar beet||Ukraine|
|Bourbon whiskey||corn and wheat||USA|
|Gin||juniper cones||England, Ireland|
As you can see from the table, drinks similar to vodka are made from raw materials that are in abundance in a particular area. Mainly used are cereals, grapes and anise.
Do not forget that only drinks produced in Russia can be called “vodka”. This right was received by the USSR in 1982 by a decision of international arbitration.