"Think about it as you would think about sushi," said Brent Lamberti, Elit by Stoli national brand ambassador. "Think about how clean it tastes, the mouthfeel."
"We want to take vodka back to what it originally was in Eastern Europe," Lamberti said. "It was used to cut through fatty foods and cleanse your palate."
It was also hard to concentrate when I kept trying to calculate how much it would cost for each sip. Did they use an entire bottle that night? Was that last sip $100? $238?
I mentally compared the vodka to a mini bottle of Kettle One and Sky vodka I had discreetly sipped in the bathroom before the tasting.
The Andean edition was noticeably smoother, but for the flavor alone, it wasn't worth the price tag. And to be fair, no spirit made of mostly water could possibly be worth $3,000. That's where the packaging and the exclusivity come in.
When you factor in the precious metals, jewel and fancy wood, the sticker shock lessens. Sort of.
The company produced 250 bottles total, 70 of which will be sold in the U.S. Of those 70, most will go to California and Nevada.