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Aaaaaand here is the last of the three Turkmen vodka brands that I got to try during my time there. In hindsight I wish I had tested more different brands, if only because Turkmenistan is so difficult to get to. Or because the vodka there is so cheap.

Anyway, this one was called Amyderya, and it was from the city of Turkmenabat.

What’s with the subtle chocolatiness of Amyderya vodka?

I had already tried the disappointing Arassa and the surprisingly pleasant Arassa Maritime before I opened this bottle. Both of them had hailed from the same company in Ashgabat, so I was excited to find out what this distiller from Turkmenabat was able to produce.

The first thing that struck me is how Amyderya was even more affordable than the others. Named after the river that flows next to the city, it cost me 15 Manat for this 0,5L bottle, which translates to about 4 Euros. So this meant about 6€/700ml, which is a 10/10 on the pricing scale.

The bottle, though? Could have been better. It reminded me vaguely of Green Mark, but in an unsatisfying way. There was gold there but at the same time there was also yellow, there were red highlights and black ornaments. I gave it a 6/10 only because there was a signature carved into the belly of the bottle.

One thing that surprised me about the vodka itself was that it had a pleasant smell, something with a faint note of chocolate. The taste wasn’t quite as chocolaty, but it was balmy and soft, and it went down easily. A good 8/10.

The aftertaste undulated between non-detectable and slightly burning, but it did so in a very pleasant way. There it was again, the faint aroma of chocolate, this time in the aftertaste. Another 8/10.

Seems to me as if Turkmenabat has beat Ashgabat in this round. An overall 8.0

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