I picked this up recently to replenish my vodka supply (down to a vatting of Ketel One and Absolut, not bad but a little "hard" taken neat).
I had a large choice at LCB0 (although all were 40% ABV that I saw even the luxury brands). I almost bought a Finnish vodka which uses untreated, lava-filtered water to dilute "Carter-head" distillate. I may get that tomorrow, and perhaps a more expensive brand just for comparison purposes, but today it is regular Russian vodka in the household.
Well, this is an excellent product. It has what I admire in any alcoholic drink, a flavourful but round, soft taste. The alcohol taste is there (nose and taste) but bathed in a light sweetness and something almost wood-like, maybe it is the faint traces of a charcoal filtration I am getting.
An excellent product that has a full aftertaste and pleasing finish.
I believe there are very small differences amongst all vodkas which, for discering drinkers, can be interesting and are certainly noticeable albeit often subtle.