Qalampir

Qalampir

Should a pepper vodka be so fiery?

I got this particular bottle in Tashkent on the night before I was going to fly to Almaty in order to get a new visa for Uzbekistan. I took it to the lounge of the hostel where I was staying, figuring that there would be other guests to share it with. But I..

Shanghai White

Shanghai White

How about Chinese luxury vodka?

Shanghai White. On the bottle it’s called 上海幻 in Chinese – „Shanghai Fantasy“. I like Shanghai White better, because it sounds less tacky. Pouring a glass, and it comes out just right, with big gulping sounds. Vodka bottles should..

Chinggis Khan

Chinggis Khan

What is it with vodka made in Mongolia, and why is it so expensive?

I hate autotune. And I’m not sure yet, but I think I might also hate Wiz Khalifa. Maybe I’ll turn him off before he ruins this vodka for me. For this is some good vodka. It’s from..

Nordisch Vodka

Nordisch Vodka

Is this original recipe from Hamburg any good?

There’s not much left in the bottle. When did I drink most of it? Can’t remember. Anyway, I don’t need much anyway, just a bit so I can figure out whether I like the taste or not. I have no shot glass here and no ordinary glass either, so I’ll just drink it straight from the bottle. It doesn’t matter anyway. No one can..

Beluga Celebration

Beluga Celebration

Will Beluga Celebration be better than the original?

This being Beluga, and not just that, but Beluga Celebration, my expectations were high. And I didn’t feel disappointed. Beluga Celebration has only a very faint smell, which is always a good sign. If the stuff smells like some kind of..

Pražská

Pražská

Will this one be more interesting than the bottle suggests?

Googled the name and landed on a surprisingly slick-looking website. It shows a bunch of awards that this vodka apparently won. I can’t really understand much of it because it’s in Czech and I don’t speak Czech. But there’s a hand at the bottom of the screen..

Absolut Elyx

Absolut Elyx

Can you taste the copper?

A while ago I got an email from Jeremie. „Do you want to try some new vodka?“ he asked me. Sure, I said. A little later I got a bottle in the mail. Just like that

Ostoya

Ostoya

Are all vodka brands that come in this kind of bottle good, or are there exceptions?

Last time I reviewed a vodka brand I was listening to Black Flag. Good times. Tonight is very different, though. Wanna know what it is I am listening to tonight? I am sorry, I cannot say. It is so unspeakably heavy, I must never tell you what it is. My apologies. Okay. If you insist. Here it is: ..

Starogardzka

Starogardzka

Who is Otto Winkelhausen and what could he have done to make this a better vodka?

I am listening to Black Flag while I am writing this. „TV Party“ is one of the biggest hits ever. Good for drinking or writing about drinking. As I was going through my vodka findings from Poland, this one somehow appeared before me: Starogardzka vodka. I don’t speak Polish, but the bottle featured a dude called Otto Winkelhausen, so I tried to look him up. I found nothing. At least nothing that had anything to do with vodka. So it seems as though I can’t..

Amundsen

Amundsen

Is this vodka really polar, and what the hell is wrong with that cap?

This one is called Amundsen vodka, and it hails from Poland. I bought it there, along with several other fine bottles of V. Then I took them home to Hamburg and lined them up along the wall in the place where I live. It was beautiful