Last Updated on December 29, 2022 by Lydia Martin
Unlike other vodka brands that may incorporate additives like glycerin for a smoother mouthfeel, Beluga vodka remains proudly chemical-free. This vodka, made from 100 percent organic ingredients, uses cutting-edge equipment and a unique maturation period for a crisp and smooth spirit.
Let’s look at Beluga vodka: price, fun facts, and everything that makes it so special.
All About Beluga Vodka
Beluga vodka is a brand of Russian vodka made in the Mariinsk Distillery (formerly in Siberia). In 2016, however, the brand partnered with Summergate Fine Wine and Spirits, based in Greater China, to become its exclusive distributor and importer.
Beluga vodka remains proudly Siberian-made, using local Siberian winter wheat and water sourced from 1,000-foot-deep artesian wells. These give it a nice, grainy flavor without compromising the smooth texture.
Beluga vodka is a premium vodka line that uses locally-sourced special malt wheat from Siberia. This special wheat is rarely found in today’s vodka production process, mainly because of the expensive cost and intensive labor.
This wheat is blended with crystal clear water from deep artesian wells and goes through a triple filtration process (charcoal, impregnated silver, and sand).
Unlike other vodkas, bottled right after the distillation process, Beluga vodka takes it a step further by maturing the spirit. This extra step contributes to a smoother, more well-rounded final vodka.
Beluga Noble, its primary product, rests for 30 days before being bottled. The final maturation for Transatlantic is 45 days, Allure is 60 days, and Gold — one of the most expensive Russian vodkas out on the market — takes 90 days.
Vodka purists might find it weird that Beluga chooses to flavor their spirit with oats, honey, and milk thistle post-distillation, but do it subtly enough that it won’t be considered a flavored vodka . As a result, Beluga vodka is lightly sweet, laced with hints of oatmeal and honey. This vodka is perfect when drunk straight out of the freezer.
Common Beluga Vodka Prices
|Type||Size||Alcohol Proof||Average Price|
|Allure||750 ml||80||Around $51|
|Beluga Epicure by Lalique||750 ml||80||Around $6,000|
|Celebration||750 ml||80||Around $33|
|Gold Line||750 ml||80||Around $95|
|Noble||750 ml||80||Around $30|
|Transatlantic||750 ml||80||Around $34|
Compared To Other Vodka Brands
Like Beluga, Ketel One vodka is made from a 100 percent wheat base that gives it a grainy sweetness and a plush, soft texture. This Dutch brand has been around since the late 1600s, with the 10th and 11th generations of Nolet distillers managing it today. “Ketel” was named after the oldest, coal-fired copper pot still being used in production.
You can get a 750 ml bottle of Ketel vodka at around the $20 price point, slightly more affordable than Beluga.
Grey Goose is a luxury vodka brand produced for the American spirits market. This brand is characterized by its crisp, clean, and smooth flavor profile, without much of the burn found in cheaper varieties.
The brand uses just two ingredients in its base spirit: spring water from Gensac-La-Pallue and soft single-origin winter wheat from Picardy, France. The brand also sources French-grown ingredients for its flavored variants.
A 750 ml bottle of Grey Goose can be yours for about $32 (more or less similar to Beluga’s pricing). See Grey Goose vs Ketel One vodka here.
Although Trust Me vodka may be a newer vodka brand (having been released only in 2012), this brand would definitely stand out in a vodka lineup. Aside from being made with 100 percent clean ingredients, Trust Me vodka also partners with visual artists and showcases their artwork in limited edition bottles.
They have an inherent vision of producing art in both the bottle and your glass. A 750 ml bottle of Trust Me vodka costs around $30, which is at par with Beluga’s pricing.
Also Read: Atomik Vodka Guide
Popular Beluga Vodka Cocktails
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
- 2 oz Beluga Noble vodka
- ½ oz triple sec
- ¾ oz cranberry juice cocktail
- ¼ oz lime juice
- orange peel
Pour all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well until chilled. Strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with the orange peel.
Bar Odessa’s Beluga Mule
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
- 1½ oz Beluga Noble vodka
- Bundaberg ginger beer
- fresh mint
- lime wedges
Pour the vodka into a copper bug with ice. Squeeze in the juices from a lime wedge. Top the rest off with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 oz Beluga Noble vodka
- 1 oz St. Hallvard coffee liqueur
- ⅓ oz almond liqueur
- 6½ oz coffee brew
Brew the coffee. While brewing, combine all ingredients into a coffee glass. Top off with the warm brewed coffee. Add sugar, milk, and cream according to your preference, and sprinkle a bit of almond liqueur on top.
Is Beluga a good vodka?
Yes, Beluga vodka is a good vodka. It is a highly versatile spirit — it tastes just as great on its own as it does in mixed drinks. If you ask us, though, we prefer this vodka chilled — its super-smooth texture from the honey oats is delicious straight out of the freezer!
Is Beluga vodka smooth?
Yes, Beluga vodka is smooth. While other brands can attest to their super-smooth texture thanks to chemicals like glycerin, Beluga vodka remains proudly chemical-free. They attribute their super-smooth texture to their choice of quality grains and the triple-filtration process.
You know what they say: the French are to wine as Russians are to vodka — you can just assume they do it better. Beluga vodka is no exception — the brand’s use of quality ingredients, combined with the triple-filtration and maturation period, makes for a unique vodka that tastes as great straight out of the freezer as it does in mixed drinks.
However, we have to say that vodka purists who strongly believe that vodka should simply be boozy water — no more, no less — might get slightly turned off, as Beluga vodka does have the added flavor and odor!
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.