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Apparently there's more vodka made in Ukraine and other non-Russia ex-Soviet countries (like the Baltic states), than Russia itself. So they could sell Ukranian or Latvian vokda...
Agree - I had some with some prawns at a restaurant in St Petersburg, and suffered gout the next day for about a week...I've had Wyborowa (Polish) in the air and I am almost certain at one point it was on QF.
one of the better vodkas imo - for a more mass market brand anyway.
I do tend to find that some amazing vodkas can be found in the oddest of places. On a trip to Poland, having Elderflower vodka as an welcome drink (home made) was something else, then some of that gold leaf with dinner was an experience for sure.
Closer to home, the Eastview Estate near Armidale makes this "Pure" vodka which is the most amazing thing I've ever had - coughs all over your grey gooses and the like. An amazing drop from a small local producer (who also do very good gin as I understand it).
Re Stoli and the like I will never forget a visit to Russia in 1996. A time of transition still. 1L bottles of Stoli could be had for $3 and that was cheaper than the bottled water. It may or may not have been produced there - I don't recall.
I can also say from personal experiene - Russian sparkling wine is... dreadful. Nyet. Just don't.
Told my the CSM today thay spirits are coming back "soon". Hopefully that's a different "soon" to the one you hear on hold to the call centre when they tell you they'll get to your call "soon".
Yes. Qantas's definitely of "soon" and "priority" are not ones you'd find in any reputable dictionary.