On October 8th 2018, I left Azerbaijan. Or rather, I was getting ready to leave. This was when I realized that I wanted to try more vodka brands from this country. So I went to a store and bought a few bottles. They were cheap so it didn’t really matter. This one was called Belly Parus vodka, and I poured some of it into my belly.
Why does Belly Parus fail on so many levels?
When I asked the vendor where this vodka was from, he told me that it was from Akhsu, just like all the other vodka brands from Azerbaijan. I never went to Akshu, but I almost did, back when I decided to take the northern route along the mountains near Shamakhi.
Weird to think that this one was almost twice as expensive as Napoléon, Samovar, and Stolichniy, which I had bought a while earlier in Sheki. Belly Parus cost 8 manat for 500ml, which means it’s about 6€/700ml. Still it’s a 10/10.
The label design looked like someone who was new to Photoshop had made it and printed it out on a late-90s inkjet printer. I didn’t like it. I liked the general shape of the bottle, but it had a cork cap, so there was that. A 4/10 leaning towards a 3.
Fire in the bottleneck
The pouring sound was awesome (which is no surprise given the shape of the bottleneck). There was almost no smell, which seemed like a good thing. The taste of this 40% vodka was weird, though. It was very very fiery, and there was a note of bitterness to it. I didn’t like it. 4/10.
The aftertaste was spicy as well, but there was a faint aroma that kind of made up for it a little bit. I’ll give it a 6/10.
Overall, Belly Parus vodka just isn’t that good, and it’s certainly not as good as some of the other vodka brands that I have tried, and which were also supposedly from Akhsu in Azerbaijan. A 6.0.