the better bottle
This is a review of Beluga Celebration vodka from Russia. I sampled it in Germany in 2017. It’s clear, 40% alcohol, owned by the Beluga Group, and I thought it was perfect.
I guess we all know by now how much I love Beluga Noble? Well, I recently got another bottle from the same brand, one that was called Beluga Celebration vodka. And I received it as a gift for a celebration.
Get it? A bottle of Beluga Celebration vodka for a celebration. Huhu.
what about the vodka?
There was a product page for Beluga Celebration vodka on the official website. It said that the vodka was intended as a celebratory product for the anniversary of the Mariinsk Distillery. It also said that the process of making the bottle was much more labor-intensive than for the regular Beluga Noble. But it didn’t mention the vodka itself.
Was it just the same vodka in a different bottle?
I went to the website of the Beluga Group to check, and it was the same story: it talked about DOUBLE PLATINUM VACUUM METALLIZATION and SILK-SCREEN DECORATION. Nothing about the vodka itself.
[online search from April 12th 2022]
All in all I think that this is probably really just Beluga Noble vodka in a different bottle.
Beluga Celebration vodka doesn’t disappoint
Here’s what’s most important about vodka: the taste. And this one being a Beluga, my expectations were high.
It turns out that Beluga Celebration vodka only has a very faint smell, which is always a good sign. If a vodka smells like some kind of disinfectant, then its taste can’t be that good. This one smelled good, and it tasted smooth, almost sweet. I wouldn’t be able to say if it was any better than the original Beluga Noble, but it was excellent anyway. Smooth like water.
Now let’s see whether this stuff has a decent aftertaste. The short answer: it does. The long answer is: it makes you feel warm inside. Then it leaves you with a rich aroma, something earthy that makes you want to grab a pickle or a slice of dark bread. I loved it.
a bit expensive
I looked up the price online: 37€ for 700ml. That’s expensive, no way to sugarcoat it. And how about the bottle design? To me it looked like a regular Beluga bottle had been coated in chrome. I liked it.
So is Beluga Celebration vodka better than the original Beluga Noble? Honestly, I don’t know. I guess I would have to compare them side by side.
Anyway, I loved this one.