Well, this one was a first as well – Chinggis Gold vodka, a brand from Mongolia!
I had heard about Mongolian vodka before. I had heard that it was supposed to be the smoothest of them all, a liquid dream of rolling grass, a product so clear and so fresh that getting drunk felt like riding a horse under the open skies. But then, I had never been to Mongolia. I had been to Inner Mongolia, the part that politically belongs to China, yes. But not to the Mongolia that was still an independent country.
Luckily, a few of my friends had been there. And they had brought back this golden bottle.
Will Chinggis Gold vodka be as awesome as I want it to be?
We tested it. Intensively. There were two problems with this round of testing though: for one thing, we chose to have this vodka with Chinese food. This is always a problem, because of some of the Chinese spices that are likely going to mess with your ability to distinguish different tastes. Secondly, we were apparently trying hard to get drunk. This is also a problem, because the more drunk you are, the more you will find all vodka brands to be most excellent.
Luckily, we came to our verdict about Chinggis Gold vodka during a rather early stage of the evening. The price is a bit hard to figure out for this one, because I wasn’t the one who paid for it. I looked it up online though, and I found an offer of about 40€/700ml, which would place it in a rather low category (2/10). The bottle design was okay, I would have given it a 5 but the Khan on the label looked so angry that I upgraded him to a 6/10.
Now, the taste. I was a tiny bit disappointed. It just wasn’t as smooth as I had thought it would be. I mean it was still smooth enough (8/10), but it didn’t live up to the Mongolian legend. It was too fiery for that. The aftertaste was nice though, very warming and aromatic (9/10).
It was a good vodka. But too expensive (at least from what I can tell).
Overall rating: 6.3