Behold! This one is called Беленькая Люкс – Belenkaya Luxe vodka, and it is not from Kyrgyzstan, even though I bought it there. No, it is from Russia! I was in Cholpon-Ata when I tried it, a beach resort on the northern shore of Issyk-kul. It was a few weeks after that tumultuous night of Jeti Oguz, the hangover had passed, and I had kept myself busy doing other things besides vodka tasting. Taking pictures. Writing. Walking around. Talking to people. I felt good to be alive, and it felt good to be in Kyrgyzstan.
Is Belenkaya Luxe vodka really a luxury vodka?
I had this with a large plate of vareniky, a sort of dumpling that can be filled with a variety of things (of which cottage cheese is the best in my opinion). It was October, and it was cold outside. Just the right time for some heartwarming vodka.
This one cost a bit more than usual, about 300som/500ml, making it 4€/700ml, which was still a 10/10 in my book. The bootle looked nice, I particularly liked the cap (7/10). The stuff itself was good, smooth taste (8/10) and nice aftertaste (7/10). Solid quality, perfect in a mixed drink, and a good performer if consumed straight. I wouldn’t call this a true luxury vodka, because it’s still not as good as or or . But with a price tag like that, isn’t it still awesome?
Overall verdict: 8.0