Beluga Noble Winter

Overall Rating: 8
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Taste
10
Aftertaste
9
Bottle Design
9
Bottle Price
4
8

almost perfect

[40%, sampled in Germany]

Ever since trying Beluga Noble for the first time when I was in Russia in the summer of 2010, I’ve been a fan. But you can only drink so much of this stuff, especially since it’s pretty expensive. So every now and then I keep an eye open for special editions that they put on the market. Like Beluga Celebration just a short while ago, or like this one.

top shelf with Bowie

It’s called Beluga Noble Winter. I’m listening to “Hunky Dory” by David Bowie while I’m drinking this, and I’m once again reminded that Bowie should be forgiven for making that shitty “China Girl” abomination of a song. But we were going to talk about vodka, right?

This one came with a price tag slightly lower than the average Beluga (though prices can vary, of course): I got the 700ml bottle for 30€.

pay some attention to details?

The bottle design is nice. The big old fish is of course still on there, only it’s golden this time. But there is a winter landscape under it, a sort of art deco style that looks pretty pleasing. I liked it maybe a tad better than the original Beluga bottle design.

There was one detail though, and I’m still not sure whether I find it cute or not: on the label the manufacturers talk about their entrepreneurial spirit, and they say OUR HERITAGE, ATTENTION TOWARDS EVERY DETAIL AND STRIVE FOR PERFECTION ARE EMBODIED IN THE NEW CREATION OF BELUGA MASTERS.

Their strive?

Beluga Noble Winter is noble indeed

But then all vodka must be judged on the merits of its taste and aftertaste. First and foremost, Beluga Noble Winter didn’t have much of a smell, just a faint note of sweetness in the air. The taste was very clean as well, just like you’d expect from a Beluga. There was a hint of sweetness, maybe even of honey, and then it went down as if it was water.

The aftertaste was great, too. It was aromatic, and there was something like wheat in it somewhere. But it wasn’t perfect this time. Maybe it was me. Or maybe it was the weather. Or maybe this one just wasn’t as perfect as its big sister, the regular Beluga.

All in all, this one awesome.

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