Russian Standard is the #1-selling premium vodka in Russia, which should tell you all you need to know. "It’s crafted using the finest ingredients of winter wheat and water of glacial origin, and is great for mixing or simply enjoying over ice," says Jason Logie, beverage director at The Mixing Room in Los Angeles. "This is my go-to vodka for Moscow mules and dirty martinis."
"There are only a few readily available potato vodkas on the market, so it's a unique experience compared to the majority of vodkas out there," says Nate Wales, director of operations at New Waterloo and Cocktail World Cup champion, who oversees the bar program at Central Standard in Austin, TX. "The label makes you feel like you're drinking some generic state-owned hooch, but it's actually really tasty." The potato starch gives it some weight and a creamy mouthfeel, and "it has a body and finish that many of the frosted-bottle, 'distilled X times' brands lack."