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I tried a promising vodka from Russia today: Хлебная – Hlebnaya vodka …actually my head is still a bit dizzy from it.

How my teacher’s verdict on Hlebnaya vodka changed my outlook on the V

It had been a pretty good day: First I managed to get some books from the library, then I wrote more words in two hours than I had written the day before that. After that I had dinner with some people from my Russian class.

I asked my teacher about this vodka called Hlebnaya, which I had brought to dinner. Хлеб (Hleb) means “bread”, and on the bottle it says that this is an exceptional vodka. Okay, but then aren’t all vodka brands exceptional in their own way?

My teacher looked at the bottle, had a shot, thought for a while and then said something. His verdict was very interesting:

“On a scale from 0 to 10, this one is a 7. Why? Well, it feels a bit too light. It goes down easily, and the taste is okay, but it doesn’t make you feel warm inside. In fact, it seems to get stuck halfway, like it doesn’t even get down to the stomach. This is an okay vodka, but nothing great!”

I second that motion.

Okay, so we are looking at good taste (8/10) and a slightly less good aftertaste (6/10). The bottle design is okay (5/10), and the price is good (about 15€/700ml: 8/10).

The teacher is always right. One thing I didn’t find out though: what did this vodka have to do with bread?

Overall rating: 6.75

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