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Reviews Are In: Spirits Drinkers Love AnestasiA

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The results are in from 2013 and we received tons of positive feedback from tastings panels to magazines and blogs. This a roundup of some of those reviews.

The Beverage Testing Institute
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal & 94 Points
Clear. Aromas of toasted grainy bread and delicate spiced nuts with a silky, off-dry medium body and a crème brulee, mineral, and delicate peppery spice finish. Very nice.

Cigar & Spirits Magazine
This is a good time to try a new premium spirit, AnestasiA Vodka. It’s making a huge splash on the strip and won several gold medals in 2013, including the International Craft Spirits Awards. The sculpted, award-shaped bottle – designed by the prestigious industrial designer Karim Rashid – has won several gold medals too. The vodka is ultra-smooth, American-made, naturally gluten-free, and mixes extremely well with a wide variety of drinks.

Psfk
Anestasia Vodka is an American liquor distilled in Oregon. The premium spirit is unique in its own right for its artisanal distillation process, and boasts unique packaging as well. The bottle shape and identity were designed last year by industrial designer Karim Rashid, who drew inspiration for the design from the word ‘vodka’ itself, specifically mimicking the hard angles of the letters ‘v’ and ‘k.’ The striking asymmetric bottle, which is constructed using recycled materials, has won multiple awards for packaging design, including the Spark International Design Award and a Gold in the Pentawards Packaging Competition.

Pentawards
Gold Medal Winner
“Multi-faceted in style & spirit, this vodka bottle presents itself as a cool sensation that is sure to satisfy the most refined tastes. Why keep an iceburg mostly below the surface when its full prescence can sit on your table.
-Dan Dittmar (BIC Inc. – USA)

“Karim Rashid selected the crystal to represent the coolness which opposes the power of the vodka. This contrast impresses me very much. Also the beauty of light reflecting on the crystal Anestasia bottle at night illustrates the luxurious touch on the table.”
-Somchana Kangwarnjit (PromptDesign – Thailand)

Archetypes
The vodka also pours with sophistication. Marketing boasts—“ultra-premium!” “gluten-free”—turn out to be unnecessary. As the bottle would lead you to believe, this is excellent vodka. Ukrainian-born distiller Yuliya Mamontova named the vodka for her grandmother, who also manufactured the spirit back in the motherland. Anestasia is made in Bend, Oregon, however, where the combination of clear water from the Cascades and the volcanic soil informs the vodka’s terroir, if you will. (And if terroir can endure after extensive filtering and distilling.) The brand is trumpeting Anestasia’s sweetness, and I concur that it does have a syrupy mouthfeel with a tinge of sweetness, maybe from the corn that’s part of the ingredient list (unless that’s just the power of suggestion). I sipped it after dinner over a giant ice cube, and it did the trick—refreshing, elegant. I also would recommend mixing it with tonic and a hit of citrus, if drinking vodka unfettered isn’t your thing. Or heck, just leave it in that beautiful bottle and gaze at it from across the room.

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AnestasiA Vodka in Cigar & Spirits Magazine

AnestasiA Vodka Cameo, Cigar & Spirits Magazine, Cover
AnestasiA Vodka Cameo, Cigar & Spirits Magazine, Page 91

We’re pleased to report more positive press! AnestasiA Vodka is mentioned on page 91 of Cigar & Spirit’s Magazine, this month’s issue with Leanardo Dicaprio on cover. The article, “An Elegant Evening in Sin City,” mentions AnestasiA as the perfect Las Vegas drink to enjoy while watching the famous Bellagio Fountains from the upscale Hyde Lounge.

We suggest viewing the water show at sunset, as the sky turns lavender, while sipping smooth AnestasiA.

Special thanks to writer Brendan Magone for including us in his story.

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Vodka Rated 94 “Exceptional” from BTI

We’re honored to win our second premium award from BTI, Beverage Tasting Institute. Last year we won “Best Bottle“.

This year we received an extremely high ranking of 94 points — “Exceptional” — regarding our vodka itself. We outscored nearly all our peers, including Chopin, Purity, Belvedere, Ketel One, Ciroc, Double Cross, and ZING.

AnestasiA Vodka Scores 94 BTI Exceptional

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AskMen Suggest AnestasiA Vodka for Holiday Gift

 
Happy Holidays from AnestasiA Vodka! You still have time to pick out the perfect gift for family and friends. Why not make it easy on yourself and choose luxury and good taste? Our vodka. We’re happy to see AskMen recently put AnestasiA Vodka in their wish list and Holiday Gift Guide 2013.

AskMen Article Link   AskMen Gift Guide

AnestasiA Vodka, Ask Men Gift Guide 2013

Also note, the common misspelling for AnestasiA Vodka is Anastasia Vodka. Anastasia Vodka is nearly correct, except the third letter actually has an E, AnestasiA Vodka. Either way you spell it, our vodka is smooth, luxurious, American-made, and gluten-free!

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3rd Gold Medal

BTI Gold Medal For AnestasiA VodkaWe’ve been awarded a third Gold Medal and “Exceptional Rating 94″ from Tastings.com, International Review of Spirits. Alas we didn’t prepare a speech. We will just keep making gold medal vodka in a luxury bottle!   Cheers

http://tastings.com/scout_spirits.lasso?id=203982

Gold Medal, AnestasiA Vodka, International Review of Spirits

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Happy Halloween!

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog…

Halloween

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Yahoo Homes Mention

Karim Rashid constantly creates amazing designs. Yahoo Homes recently mentioned his work and then our bottle. We believe people are at their best when they create—create art, create change, create life, create friends, create shape form words color and movement. We’ve created a new American luxury vodka. We’ve also created a new idea—bringing luxury back to American creators and manufacturers. What do you create in your life? We would love to hear about your creations—leave a comment at your convenience!

http://homes.yahoo.com/news/heres-karim-rashid-apartment-building-looks-200003570.html

AnestasiA_Vodka,_Yahoo_Homes Mention

 

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PSFK

They say any press is good press, but we keep getting great press! Many thanks to PSFK for this positive coverage.

http://www.psfk.com/2013/10/famous-architect-alcohol-bottles.html

PSFK, AnestasiA Vodka, American Luxury

 

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Coterie Boutique, Downtown Las Vegas

We’ve discovered another hip, artistic place to do vodka tastings in Las Vegas—Coterie Boutique in the old downtown. Though the “old downtown” is fast becoming the new, renovated downtown, with all kinds of funky fun spots to hang out in.

The Coterie Boutique is right across the street from Insert Coin (a retro joint with old school video games). Hipster shopping mixed with luxury vodka tasting? Sounds like a sweet match to us!  Here are a few pictures from last Thursday night. Las Vegas ladies—you should swing by Coterie and take a look.

AnestasiA Vodka Tasting, Coterie Boutique, Downtown Las Vegas

Inside Coterie Boutique, Downtown Las Vegas, AnestasiA Vodka Tasting

AnestasiA Vodka Tasting, Coterie Boutique, Downtown Las Vegas

Clothes racks at Coterie boutique, Downtown Las Vegas

AnestasiA Vodka on shelf, Coterie boutique, Las Vegas downtown

Coterie Mannequin, Downtown Las Vegas

AnestasiA Vodka Tasting, Las Vegas Downtown, Coterie Boutique

Shopping & Vodka, Coterie & AnestasiA, Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas, Coterie Boutique, AnestasiA Luxury Vodka

 

 

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Bottle Design by Karim Rashid

Here’s another interesting article describing Karim Rashid’s design process when he created our bottle.

We were thrilled he took on our project—and have been pleased with the results since day one. We believe it resembles an award, a work of art, something that helps define the new standard of American luxury, akin to our smooth premium vodka. We hope you agree!

AnestasiA Vodka, Bottle Design by Karim Rashid

AnestasiA Vodka Bottles, Designed by Karim Rashid

AnestasiA Vodka, Premium American Luxury, Bottle Design by Karim Rashid

We’re also pleased that Las Vegas Top Picks continues to connect with our vision, and write about us:

http://lasvegastoppicks.com/anestasia-vodka-bottle-design-by-karim-rashid/

http://lasvegastoppicks.com/anestasia-vodka-american-luxury/

Las Vegas Top Picks has our vodka under both the Sunlight and Starlight sections. We imagine that’s because you can enjoy AnestasiA with either sunlight or starlight… :)