Etalon
Taste 4
Aftertaste 5
Bottle Design 5
Price 8

Where is this stuff really from, and if we don’t know where it is from, do we even care?

The first thing I noticed about this vodka was obviously the shape and color of its bottle. It had the feel of something traditional. I tried to find out..

Summary 5.5 goodish

Etalon

Эталон – Etalon vodka. This one confused me a little. Or rather, it confused me very much, because I got obsessed with a question of minor importance: the question of origin.

I am still not sure where Etalon vodka is really from

The first thing I noticed about this vodka was obviously the shape and color of its bottle. It had the feel of something traditional. I tried to find out where it was from, but while the manufacturer was supposed to be Belarusian, the import note said that it was actually from Moscow. So which one was it, then? Russia or Belarus? Was it manufactured in Belarus and then shipped to Russia for further processing? Was it a Belarusian brand that had been bought by the Russians? I felt confused. Very confused.

And well all know that sometimes the best way to deal with feelings of confusion is to drink. So drink I did.

The vodka had a hot taste, so hot in fact that I didn’t really like it that much (4/10). The aftertaste wasn’t that great either (5/10). The bottle design was weird but okay (5/10), and the price of about 14€ for 700ml was good: 8/10.

Not sure where this vodka is from, not sure if I care anymore either.

Overall rating: 5.5

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