Hammer & Sickle Imported Russian Vodka
Ever wonder why Marlboro doesn’t make an aged whiskey or bourbon? Or why Newport doesn’t have their own mentholated schnapps? It’s a well known and time tested truth that alcohol and tobacco products go hand in hand. Like a company selling both Band-Aids and bullets, American alcohol distillers are seemingly missing the boat on a huge opportunity. Well, leave it to the Russians to figure out how to consolidate businesses. Hammer & Sickle has been producing both quality alcohol and fine cigars with great success. It’s not necessarily a new idea, but with such a natural fit, it’s a wonder that there aren’t more of these hybrid companies in the marketplace.
A brain child of the Klin Groupe, Hammer & Sickle is premium imported Russian vodka with a sleek and modern spin. According to H & S, “the name “ Hammer & Sickle ” pays homage to the Russian hammer symbol representing the industrial north of Russia, while the sickle represents the agricultural south. The crossed hammer and sickle stands for the unity between the north and the south. Today, the emblem evokes the nationalistic spirit of modern Russia.” Although the Hammer & Sickle emblem doesn’t evoke the same fervor in the states as it does in mother Russia, you certainly wouldn’t know it by U.S. sales statistics. Hammer & Sickle has been so successful in the world’s vodka market over the last several years it was only a matter of time before they decided to release a follow up product. Typically, this manifests in the form of a new flavor within an existing line or sometimes it’s a new kind of spirit all together, but in a move to separate themselves from the status quo, Hammer & Sickle bravely decided to venture into the world of fine tobacco. Don’t worry, if you’re looking for a review of Hammer & Sickle cigars we will have one in the coming weeks, but for now I’m going to talk about the Cossack’s hypothermia repellent.
Contrary to popular belief, vodkas can differ significantly between distilleries and not all vodkas are considered equal. Many consumers are convinced that vodka is solely derived from distillation of potatoes and that it is a relatively cheap and easy spirit to produce. Of course, that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. High-end vodkas are produced using a number of different origination ingredients, but for Hammer & Sickle its freshly sown wheat that acts as the catalyst. “Born of cold Russian winters, the wheat of Hammer & Sickle is hand cleared in the Black Earth region then dry shipped to the distillery.” It’s from that point that the newly produced vodka is filtered an astonishing six times before it’s bottled and sent to market. The spirit’s flavor is sparklingly clean and expertly refined resulting in vodka that is beaming with full flavor sans the harsh aftertaste present in many lesser vodkas. Trust me, if you’ve never had the pleasure of sampling a wheat based vodka before then you have done yourself an egregious disservice. Retailing for around $30.00 per bottle, it’s hard to imagine ever again assaulting my screwdriver with an inferior spirit. So if you’re new to the wonderful world of vodka or just unfamiliar with the exploits of Hammer & Sickle then do yourself a favor and grab a bottle. It’s time to sample the medicinal tonic that dutifully repels even the harshest of winters!