Nightclub & Bar Magazine January 2001
Be prepared to be shocked. The recently arrived Jewel of Russia Infusions
are short of amazing. They are unlike any other product available in the
United States. These two outstanding spirits will forever change how you
view flavored vodkas.
Imported by BMC Imports of New Canaan, Conn., Jewel of Russia Berry
Infusion and Wild Bilberry Infusion are produced differently than other
flavored spirits, a method that originated three centuries ago. The
process involves steeping hearty Russian vodka in fruit. the fresh
wild cranberries and bilberries used in the two infusions are handpicked
and then crushed and soaked in the vodka. The result is a spirit imbued
with an intense fruit flavor and aroma that far exceeds what has been
achieved by other producers.
What is genuinely remarkable about these two spirits is how utterly
smooth and incredibly flavorful they are. Blindfolded, you would be
hard-pressed to identify them as vodkas. One reason is that they are
relatively low in alcohol - between 20 percent and 22 percent alcohol
by volume - which allows the flavor components to remain on the palate
longer. Another reason is the slow steeping process.
The Jewel of Russia Infusions are also sterling when sipped chilled, or featured
in a cosmopolitan, martini, kamikaze. With spirits this delicious,
it's no wonder the Russians wanted to dump communism. Support
our way of life and give these fabolous infusions a shot or