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.
Amundsen vodka is cold, but is it really cold?
Vodka manufacturers often have a theme that they use to sell their product. Be it the country where they manufacture (Finlandia, Danzka), a person (Gorbatschow Blue Label) or some historical event (Back In USSR). Even space aliens and skulls can be a theme (Crystal Head). Or weapons (Kalashnikov). In this case, it’s obviously the 1911 polar expedition. The bottle has a bluish hue to it, and it says that the vodka itself is supposed to be made of glacial water for a “feeling of extreme coldness”.
Okay, well. I got this half liter bottle for 8,76€. This means that 700ml would cost about 12,26€, putting this in the 8/10 range when it comes to the price. The bottle looked good, I liked the simplicity of the design and the slightly blue glass. There was a dispenser, which I always appreciate. But the cap was rubbish. I have yet to figure out if it’s a screw cap or if you’re supposed to just press it on. It is that flimsy. So all in all, the bottle design gets a 6/10 from me. It could have been a 7. But not with that cap.
Now the taste. Is it cold? Polar? No. It has a clean taste to it, and it is rather smooth on the tongue. It burns a bit on the way down though. I’d give it a 7/10. The aftertaste is okay. It does some warming in the stomach, but you’ll be looking in vain for that certain aroma which characterizes a good vodka (6/10).
All in all, this was a 6.75. Goodish, not great.