Crystal clear in appearance, fresh and engaging on the nose. A smooth and harmonious flavor with clean vodka notes balanced with a well rounded, smooth finish.
Beverage Testing Institute 97 points - Aroma is dry, clean, and grainy, with background notes of parchment and litchi; later passes offer semisweet, mildly smoky/ashy scents of charcoal and smoldering embers. Palate entry is firm, moderately oily, bittersweet; at midpalate concentrated and spicy grain flavors mingle adroitly with the smoky, sap- and resin-sweet birch-charcoal filtering influence. Concludes sweetly and almost candy-like.
— P.P. (8/1/2005) — 96-100
Ultimate Beverage Challenge
Clear. Rather neutral aromas with hints of freshly whipped cream, fig, and talc follow through on very smooth satiny to an oily medium-to-full body with great creamy smoothness and fine balance. Finishes with a long, effortless, wet stone and delicate sweet spicy fade. An extraordinary vodka for sipping neat or the finest cocktails.