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Russian vodka is, well, the king of the clear liquor. The premium brands from the mother country reflect the standards we have all come to love, which oddly enough includes a lack of noticeable flavor.

One such premium brand, Stoli, has maintained the title of the classic vodka by many, and with their recipe being largely unchanged for years, it’s a well-deserved title for sure. The classic is quadruple-distilled, then filtered through quartz, sand, charcoal, cloth and possible some of Lenin’s back hair. While I might skip the back hair part, there is a bit of nostalgia that comes from enjoying this solid liquor.

Now, it might come as a surprise to many that Stoli has decided to make a change.to a few of the bottles coming to the shelf. The classic recipe is wheat and rye which might not be the greatest for those that might be a tad bit intolerant of gluten. And Stoli did not want anyone to miss out on their deliciousness.

Introducing Stoli Gluten Free, a vodka made with naturally gluten free ingredients, 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat. Now, I know what you’re thinking – the ingredients are different, so there is no way this is going to maintain that classic experience. And I challenge you to find the difference. Sitting and enjoying the Stoli Gluten Free on the patio over ice, I found it to be just as smooth and almost creamy as the original, and with no noticeable flavor or nuances, just as enjoyable.

Now, I am not of the gluten-free mindset, but with many friends falling in that category, I am happy to say I have a base vodka to help make some cocktails that won’t upset their weak tummies. In most cases, I go for the refreshing with Stoli Gluten Free vodka and Sprite (which is gluten-free) topped with a squeeze of fresh lime. As one of my favorite summer day drinks, I know it’s a hit and easy to make anytime.

So what can I say other than I am sold. Stoli did it; they maintained their standard, kept the classic title, all with a new recipe. I couldn’t find a difference in either vodkas and doubt you would either. So drink up, enjoy, and have a cocktail on me.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stoli. The opinions and text are all mine.

Richard Melick
About the Author

Co-founder and Editor of FactoryTwoFour.com. I am a writer and photographer with global travel ambitions. I never shy from a new recipe, adventure, or experience. I write about what I love.

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