Established in 1938, Stolichnaya or Stoli as it is most often called, was first introduced to the US in 1972. Stolichnaya is one of the most popular vodka brands on the market today. The brand is very smooth, great for mixing or for serving and sipping well chilled. The red label is the flagship, or the foundation, of the brand as a whole and is available almost anywhere in the world. Stolichnaya has a typical vodka aroma – that of a touch of alcohol backed by notes of warm grain. The entry is bright and airy, leading to a silky palate that has a tolerable bite at first that melts into a warm vodka taste with a hint of citrus. Stolichnaya finishes quite smooth, with that vodka bite being almost non-existent and the taste fading relatively quickly. This Russian vodka is distilled four times from wheat and rye, mixed with artesian water from the Kaliningrad region and filtered through quartz, sand, activated charcoal and woven cloth before bottling at 80 proof.