Apparently I was not quite done yet with the Turkmen vodka brand called Arassa. For even though their main label had been a major disappointment, I still had a bottle of their Maritime edition to try and test. Would it be better? I wasn’t very optimistic, but I chose to give it a try anyway.
Why is Arassa Maritime so much better than its sister label?
I had purchased both vodka brands on the same day in the same shop, because they had been recommended to me by the clerk. So I was wary: if that gentleman had liked the regular Arassa, what did that say about this one?
Also, I was irritated by their pricing. Remember the bottle of Arassa had cost 20 manat? Well, you would think that this Maritime edition would be somewhat differently priced, right? Presumably higher? Well, you would be wrong. This bottle cost exactly the same – 20 Manat. So it, too, came in at 8€/700ml and earned a whopping 10/10 in the pricing department.
The bottle was much better than that of Arassa, though. It wasn’t as sophisticated as luxury brands like Belvedere or the Goose, sure, and particularly the bottle cap looked a bit awkward. But I liked the subtle nautical theme with the jumping dolphin in the center. A 7/10 that gets bumped up to an 8/10 because the bottle makes a very nice sound when you pour from it.
But let’s talk about the taste. First of all, there was only a very faint smell. This is almost always a good sign, because it means that there aren’t that many impurities that managed to squeeze past the filtering processes. The taste was good, too. It was much softer than that of Arassa, much more refined and pleasant. A 7/10.
The aftertaste was surprising, too, as it left behind a warm feeling with a faint notion of mint. Another 7/10.
Overall, this Arassa Maritime was surprisingly good, especially after the Arassa fiasco. Overall a shaky 8/10.