Although it's distilled in Frankfort, Kentucky, Taaka Vodka is a Russian-inspired spirit that offers smoothness without the hefty price tag. There are many budget-friendly vodkas out there, but only Taaka offers a clean taste by itself or with any number of mixers. Distilled four times and run through a charcoal filtration system, Taaka lacks the cringe-worthy bite you find in other vodkas in this price range. That may call for a conversation about the pros and cons of the Soviet Union, but that's up to you and whomever you choose to take along on your Russian adventure. Because Taaka Vodka doesn't have the bite of most vodkas, you can sip it from a rocks glass casually, stoically or however you like to drink vodka. If you're going for the time-honored Russian tradition of knocking back a shot, it's sure to delight the senses.