Czech Republic


the scare

[37,5%, sampled in Germany]

This vodka was the second part of Karel’s gift – two bottles, one of Rudolf Jelinek Plum and one of this one, which was called Hanacka.

I took it home and opened it ceremoniously, pouring a shot glass and cutting a slice of ham to go along with it. Then I looked it up online and got a bit scared. There was a German news item from two years back that advised readers not to drink certain Czech liquor brands because they were often fake, causing consumers to get hurt or even lose their lives. Hanacka was among the brands that were explicitly mentioned. I looked at my shot glass. It was already empty.

Hanacka is a bit sweet

I decided not to worry. Karel knew what he was doing. I would be okay. I took another shot to make sure I got the taste right. It was mild and a bit sweet. Not bad for something that I secretly suspected of causing me to go blind. The aftertaste was nothing special, It warmed me up a bit, but there was no lasting aroma.

I searched for the price of this vodka, just for evaluation purposes: it was apparently around 8€ for 700ml. The bottle design was mediocre, maybe even a tad below mediocre.

All in all, this one was okay. And it didn’t kill me.

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