Атанбай – Atanbaj vodka. This one is – surprise, surprise – from Kyrgyzstan. And it was also part of the infamous drinking night of Jeti Oguz.
By the time we opened this bottle, we were four people, and our faces were red and our gestures uncertain. We were trying to balance the intake of vodka by drinking huge amounts of water. But this only helped to delay the inevitable. Many a time during that night I found myself outside, trying to find the outhouse and then giving up, overlooking the valley and trying not to stumble, and eventually going back inside for more of that red-faced chumminess. It was a good night.
Why is there such a discrepancy in taste and aftertaste in Atanbaj vodka?
Here’s what I know about the vodka: it wasn’t expensive (190som/500ml – 3€/700ml – 10/10). The bottle looked okay (5/10). I am looking over my notes, and it says here that I was wondering about the taste and the aftertaste. The taste itself was pretty good, a bit sweet, only a tad to hot (7/10), while the aftertaste was not even average, with a notion of cleaning alcohol to it (4/10). There I was, going further down the spiral of complete drunkenness, opening my heart to random dogs on the street, and in the back of my mind I was wondering whether taste or aftertaste was more important in vodka. I didn’t find an answer though.