Jelzin Vanilla
Taste 4
Aftertaste 7
Bottle Design 5
Price 9

What’s with the historical Russian names on foreign vodka bottles, and will the vanilla flavoring be any good?

This was kind of weird. It’s as if only German vodka brands use the names of Russian personalities to boost their sales. You have Gorbatschow Blue Label from Germany, and then you have Puschkin, also from..

Summary 6.3 goodish

Jelzin Vanilla

Got my hands on some vanilla flavored vodka the other day: Jelzin Vanilla vodka. Or rather: Boris Jelzin.

I am not sure if Boris Yeltsin would have enjoyed Jelzin Vanilla vodka

This was kind of weird. It seems as though only German vodka brands use the names of Russian personalities to boost their sales. Imagine Russians selling beer under the label of „Schröder“ or „Kohl“ or „Adenauer“ if you will. Who knows, maybe they are already doing that? Anyway in Germany, you have Gorbatschow Blue Label and Puschkin (which I’ll be reviewing later). So I guess the Russians need to come up with a beer called „Schiller“ now.

Okay, back to the good stuff. So when this bottle of Jelzin Vanilla said it was from France, I thought it looked like something that Germans would probably enjoy more.

The vodka itself was disappointing: mediocre taste, harsh and not very interesting (4/10). There was a certain vanilla aftertaste though (7/10). I figured this stuff wasn’t very good to drink as a shot, but it was übercool with coke. The bottle design was average (5/10), the price was awesome though (9€/700ml: 9/10).

Get this if you want something new for your vodka+coke. Don’t bother to drink it straight though.

Overall rating: 6.25

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