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This is a review of Shtoffka Red Traditional vodka from Russia. I sampled it in Germany in 2013. It’s clear, 40% alcohol, and I liked it less than its name.
You know how sometimes you get an idea stuck in your head, a totally random idea, and you just can’t get rid of it? To me, it was the idea that this vodka’s name was somehow amusing. Shtoffka Red Traditional vodka (Штоффка Красная Традиционная). Shtoffka! Haha! Comical. Hilarious. Outrageously funny.
is this even funny at all?
I thought Shtoffka was the best name ever. Think about it. Shtoffka. It sounds funny in English. Shtoffka. It sounds funny in Russian. Shtoffka. You have a shot. Shtoffka. You have another shot. Shtoffka. I gets funnier and funnier. Shtoffka. It’s starting to get annoying. Shtoffka. Okay, another shot. Shtoffka.
When I tried to find out some background information on Shtoffka Red Traditional vodka it turned out to be a phantom like so many other Russian vodka brands. Only in this case I found absolutely nothing.
There was one website called winestreet.ru that had a very basic info page:
Shtoffka Red Traditional vodka is meh
All I could do was drink then. The vodka itself was okay. According to my review notes, Shtoffka Red Traditional vodka tasted a bit stingy actually. It burned on the way down, and it didn’t seem to be of very refined quality. Another thing about it was that it seemed to be lacking that certain aftertaste that can make vodka so much fun.
The bottle design, meh. The price was good, though, you could get this for about 15€ for 700ml.
I would recommend this for mixed drinks, not for shots. It’s just not good enough to be enjoyed neat and at room temperature. So you should chill it and mix it with some juice or a soda.
It’s not terrible, but there are definitely better vodka brands out there, cheaper ones even. The only thing I really liked about this was the name. Shtoffka. Haha! Or maybe I was just drunk.