[40%, sampled in Germany]
This is Camitz Sparkling vodka from Sweden. Yes, sparkling. My first thought was dafuq. My second thought was why not.
I decided to buy this one because I wanted to celebrate the fact that I had finally turned in the manuscripts for my books. After so many months of toiling and of self-doubt, it felt like the time had come to celebrate a bit, to live the good life and be happy.
So I figured I should get some champagne. But then I don’t like champagne. I like vodka. And this one was sparkling, so I figured it must feel like drinking champagne.
When I took out the bottle, there was a lot of surprised faces around me. Sparkling vodka? What was this supposed to mean? Was it something drinkable, or would it turn out to be an abomination created by some inhumane marketing-team? Well, we were about to find out.
the problem with the cork
The first thing I noticed was the cork cap. I generally don’t like cork caps on vodka bottles, but in this case it seemed to make sense because of the whole sparkling thing: the bottle design was supposed to convey the feel of a champagne bottle, so it needed a cork cap.
The problem was that the cork didn’t make that nice popping sound. It kind of just opened, probably because there was just not that much pressure in the bottle. And there was another problem: you couldn’t really close it again.
all good quality-wise
The vodka tasted very mild (I figured this was partly due to the sparkling effect), and the aroma was nice enough to send one of us into a semi-meditative state. So that was all good as well.
The unusual bottle design is interesting, but the cork cap isn’t very practical, especially since it can’t be closed again. Another downside is that the whole thing is a bit expensive: 32€ for 700ml.
Camitz Sparkling needs friends
Here’s what I learned about Camitz Sparkling vodka: it’s fun to drink, but if you want to give it a try, you better make sure to have a bunch of friends around, because you will have to finish it in one session.
Otherwise the sparkling effect will be gone and the vodka will just end up tasting stale.