All great things start small, and you don't know what's gold until you've struck it! Siberian Express Vodka was born in the kitchen of a Russian house-hold in Strand, Western Cape, South Africa. The Surogin family has been living in South Africa for more than 20 years, which means that Evgeny had pretty much tasted every vodka on South African shelves in his years living here. As the stereotype says; a Russian man cannot part with his vodka - and this is somewhat true. Real Russian vodka is made from wheat grain that is at least triple distilled and filtered through activated carbon, milk and other natural filters.
These filters create an incredibly smooth drink. Most importantly, what Evgeny missed the most was a vodka with less methanol.
In 2016, Evgeny decided that he has had enough. After doing some extensive research, he decided that he was going to try make his own home-made vodka. Now this isn't a fantasy-like story - so yes, the first few attempts did not hit the jackpot (as they say; the first pancake always flops), but after a few more tries - he was on to something really special.
After mastering the creation of vodka, Evgeny started to experiment with creating his very own Nastoyka's, which you cannot find in South Africa. Nastoyka is a vodka based spirit that is known for being infused with various natural ingredients. Some of the most popular Nastoyka's in Russia are cranberry, citrus and birch. Family friends who came to visit the Surogin's and tasted Evgeny's vodka and Nastoyka's were always pleasantly surprised.
Two years later, in 2018, Jannie van der Merwe, a close family friend said, "Let's make this happen". Through Jannie's knowledge, help and guidance he built the train track the Siberian Express is now running on. And here we are now.
Siberian Express is a hand-crafted, original Russian recipe product that South Africa has never seen before. Each bottle is poured with love, tradition, culture ... and of course vodka!