the pretty one
[40%, sampled in Kyrgyzstan]
This one was called Elixir, and it came in a bottle that was nothing short of mezmerizing.
I bought it in Bishkek and schlepped it up to the shores of Issyk-kul where I was waiting for my Turkmen visa. I wasn’t expecting it to play a role in my recovery when I got sick and started experimenting with a “secret medicine”, but it did. Good times.
Anyway, Elixir cost about the same as Kyrgyz Standard, which was probably due to the fact that I had bought both of them in an upscale supermarket in Bishkek instead of up here at the lake, which was cheap Ayu and Nano Platinum territory. Anyway, I paid about 10€ for 0,7 liters.
Elixir is a good vodka
But even the most beautiful bottle must be opened eventually. The first thing I noticed was that Elixir had a faint, sweetish smell. I tried it neat and at room temperature, and the the taste was sweet and light, a pleasant sensation that burned just a little on the way down. So the taste was great.
The aftertaste was there, too, aromatic and lasting. It wasn’t anything overly interesting or subtle, but it was definitely a good aftertaste that had a herbal note to it.
Overall, Elixir vodka is great, and I want to know who designed the bottle.