NEW YORK, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Stoli® Vodka announced today that it is bringing the famous quality and bold taste of its Stoli® Premium Vodka to the gluten-free community with the release of Stoli® Gluten Free. The iconic vodka brand is continuing its 80 years of pioneering heritage as the first global vodka brand to create a completely new vodka recipe and product made from naturally gluten-free ingredients.
Stoli Gluten Free is made from a unique, naturally gluten-free recipe of 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat. In order to label and market distilled spirits as "gluten free," the U.S. TTB requires products to be made with naturally gluten-free ingredients. While the distillation process can remove the majority of gluten protein from spirits, there is currently no scientific testing to verify this claim.
The first-of-its-kind gluten-free vodka blend of corn and buckwheat results in an ideal taste with a smooth and clean finish that was given an 'exceptional' 92-point rating by the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI), the leading authority in independent spirits reviews.
"As more people are incorporating gluten-free options into their diets, we wanted to create a product that left no doubt to our consumers that the gluten-free label on the bottle meant the spirit inside was truly gluten free," said Patrick Piana, President and CEO, Stoli Group USA. "We wanted to address this demand and ensure that our gluten-free recipe was not only made with 100 percent naturally gluten- free ingredients, but maintained Stoli's signature bold character and smooth finish."
Stoli Gluten Free is made with naturally gluten-free corn and buckwheat harvested from the fertile fields in the Tambov region of Russia. The ingredients are distilled three times at Stoli's state of the art Talvis distillery, filtered four times through quartz, sand and birchwood charcoal, before being blended with pure, natural spring water from the Latvijas Balzams' artesian well in Riga, Latvia. With a hint of creamed corn and butterscotch, Stoli Gluten Free offers a crisp, clean finish with unsurpassed smoothness.
"Whether consumers are limiting gluten by necessity or by choice, they should be able to do so with certainty and peace of mind," said Nicole Cogan, founder of the gluten-free dining guide, NOBREAD. "As someone who is gluten-intolerant, one of the most common questions I'm asked by my followers is: 'Do You Drink Alcohol?' The answer is yes, but only spirits that are 100 percent naturally gluten-free, which is why I'm so excited that Stoli has succeeded in creating a gluten-free premium vodka that is completely safe for gluten-free diets and makes incredible cocktails."
Consumers can enjoy Stoli Gluten Free as part of their favorite signature vodka cocktails:
"Against the Grain" Martini
3 parts Stoli Gluten Free Vodka
Splash of gluten-free olive brine
Shake or stir ingredients with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.
THE Farmer's Mule
2 parts Stoli Gluten Free Vodka
4 parts Stoli Ginger Beer (a gluten free product)
¼ part lime juice
Build over ice in a copper mug. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Farm Fresh Lemonade
2 parts Stoli Gluten Free Vodka
4 parts fresh-squeezed lemonade
Build over ice in a mason jar. Garnish with lemon wedges.
Stoli Gluten Free is available in the U.S. at retailers and bars nationwide in 50 ml, 750 ml and 1L packages with a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle.
About Stoli Group USA, LLC
Stoli Group USA, LLC is a U.S. importer and marketer of alcoholic beverages, headquartered in New York City. Stoli Group USA is a subsidiary of SPI Group based out of Luxemburg, one of the world's most dynamic wine and spirits organizations. Formed in 2013, Stoli Group USA's current portfolio of brands includes the outstanding Stolichnaya® brand of premium vodkas, including Stoli Vodka and ultra-premium elit® Vodka as well as Achaval Ferrer and Arinzano wines. Stoli Group USA is also the proud U.S. distributor for Bayou® Rum, distilled in Louisiana.
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