This is a review of Imperial Collection Gold vodka from Russia. I sampled it in Germany in 2011. It’s clear, 40% alcohol, and even though it tasted pretty good it also utterly confused me.
Almost every time I go to the little Russian shop around the corner, I ask them: “Do you have that Czar-vodka?” And they never seem to have it. Or rather: they never seemed to have it. Until now.
This is where it gets complicated. I used to think that this vodka was called Czar’s Gold vodka (Царская Золотая). But it isn’t. It’s called Imperial Collection Gold vodka, and I think it’s the big sister of the Imperial Collection I reviewed in Russia a year earlier.
Why the confusion, you ask?
the weirdness of Russian brands
The problem is that Imperial Collection Gold vodka (top left) and Czar’s Gold vodka (bottom right) look almost identical:
I don’t know what this means. What I do know is that the bottle that I bought had the words IMPERIAL COLLECTION GOLD on it. So I’m going to just go with that.
The website offers a short introduction to this vodka:
Nothing overly interesting. Lots of FILTRATION. Lots of FROSTED GLASS. Some 24 KARAT GOLD.
Anyway when I bought the bottle I carried it home like a gem. I set it on the table and unscrewed the cap. I somehow figured that this was going to be a very good vodka. It looked so shiny and golden.
But it wasn’t just as awesome as I had expected.
Imperial Collection Gold vodka is good
Don’t get me wrong: my review notes say that Imperial Collection Gold vodka isn’t bad at all. It was actually quite smooth to drink, and the aftertaste even felt a bit flowery. I thought it was a good, interesting vodka. But it wasn’t that good.
The bottle design was somewhere between nice and tacky. The price tag of around 22€ for 700ml was a bit high.
All in all, I’d say if you’re looking for a good vodka, this is for you. Just don’t expect to be blown away.