This was number 3 of my four bottles of Kazakh vodka. I was trying them one after the other while updating my travel blog. The first one, Kristall White, had been terrible, while the second one, Khaoma Original, had turned out to be really good. I was curious about the other two.
So here it goes.
Argali vodka starts with a smile, but it doesn’t end that way
This one was called Argali, though on the label it said Argali Premium, but I think the Premium is probably not part of the name. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m just going to call it Argali. I tried a google search, but the only thing I could come up with was a Mongolian vodka of the same name. Curiously, my search also yielded a bunch of photos of animals that looked like ibexes.
Okay, so how about this stuff? The price was 1200 Tenge for 500ml, which puts it at around 5€/700ml. A 10/10, but then what do you expect from Central Asian brands. That is, as long as you bought them in Central Asia! The famous Snow Queen, also from Kazakhstan, was being sold for 25€/700ml in Europe.
The bottle design is rather uninspired. I don’t mind standard bottle shapes at all, but the overall design has to be interesting. Take Partisan or Kalinovaya, for example. Simple bottles, great design. But this one looked just boring. I’d give it a 3/10.
The taste was surprisingly good, though. Sure, the stuff smelled stronger than it should have. And it wasn’t extremely smooth to drink either. But Argali went down semi-easily, and it had a certain bitter sweetness to it, which was rather interesting. I liked the taste (8/10).
The aftertaste was bad though. It was dry, and it had a note of something that reminded me of petrol. I found that a bit disturbing. So no, the aftertaste wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t good either. I’ll give it a 5/10.
Overall, this is an okay vodka at best, a 6.5 that owes much to the price.