Aroma is dry, clean, and grainy, with background notes of parchment and litchi; later passes offer semisweet, mildly smoky/ashy scents of charcoal and smoldering embers. Palate entry is firm, moderately oily, bittersweet; at midpalate concentrated and spicy grain flavors mingle adroitly with the smoky, sap- and resin-sweet birch-charcoal filtering influence. Concludes sweetly and almost candy-like.
96-100 points, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2005)
Clear. Extremely neutral nose with faint hints of bread and custard. Supple and satiny with a dryish medium-full body and a very long, dried citrus, meringue, anise, talc, and powdered sugar accented finish. Amazingly clean, smooth, lively and elegant. A truly world-class vodka.
97 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Sep 2010)