This one is also from my final vodka night in Azerbaijan. It was called Eskadra vodka, and the owner of the shop where I bought it told me it was supposed to be one of the better ones.
Can Eskadra vodka convince simply because of its bottle design?
This one was a bit less expensive than Belly Parus. It cost 9 manat for 0,7L, which meant that it was about 4,7€/700ml. This meant of course that it was well within the margins of a 10/10 scoring when it came to the price. Caucasian magic.
The design was great. I mean, it wasn’t the best I’d ever seen (that honor belonged to the likes of Kalinovaya and Elixir. But it was straight-forward, simple, and tasteful. Also, it said KEEPING INGREDIENT NATURAL on the label. The only downside was the cork cap, but still I’d give it a 8/10 for the overall design.
sweetness here and there
Again, this one had a superb pouring sound (owing to the bottle neck design). There was a faint smell of sugar, which seemed promising, but the taste was hot, and I mean hot! This 40% vodka went down like fire, and there was a strange bitterness to it that was very strong at first and then faded away. I’d give this a 5/10.
The aftertaste was better. It was still hot, but not as hot as the taste had been. There was something heavy to it, and a weird note of fig (which might have been the aroma that the smell had been alluding to). A 7/10.
Overall, Eskadra vodka is a bit of a mixed bag. It’s certainly not as great as you would think from the look of the bottle, which is a bit of a bummer. A 7.5.