The company uses “Luxe” grade alcohol, the highest level of quality recognized by the Russian Government. The product is then put through a series of filtrations through five different types of mountain crystals and minerals including crystal quartz, morion (smoky quartz), chalcedony, topaz and opal. The filtration is said to remove impurities or congeners from the distillate which can contribute to the sensation of harshness or bite. The product is packaged in a unique bottle somewhat reminiscent of art deco design.
In the 2006 International Review of Spirits tasting competition conducted by the Beverage Tasting Institute , SV Silk Vodka received a rating of 92, “Exceptional” and a Gold Medal. Oct. 27 tasting notes published by BTI:
"Cream, vanilla, and star anise aromas. A round supple entry lead to a dryish, silky medium body of sweet cream, mineral, vanilla, and delicate peppery spice flavors. Finishes with a long, sweet cream and mineral fade. Excellent balance, smoothness and length."
The 80 proof product was developed with a taste profile adapted to the US market and introduced in late 2006. Most vodka brands from Russia are produced with a characteristic harsh bite that is a considered a desireable characteristic to consumers i...