Issyk Kul

Overall Rating: 8.3
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More vodka from the lake. And this time, the brand is even named appropriately – it’s called Issyk Kul. Just like the lake itself. And there’s a little sailing boat on the label.

I’m listening to Glenn Miller, and it’s a delight. Ever wondered how Udo Lindenberg, owner of one of the most obnoxious voices in German history, came up with the tune for “Sonderzug nach Pankow”? Well, he didn’t.

But let’s talk about vodka.

Issyk Kul vodka makes me take weird notes

I got this 500ml bottle for about 7 euros, which puts it in the 9/10 category when we’re talking about prices. Oh, and I got it on the day when I found the first KFC in Kyrgyzstan. Seems like ages ago.

The bottle design is nice. I personally think the color blue goes very well with vodka, because vodka is supposed to have a rather neutral taste compared with many other kinds of liquor. And I like the lake theme, it’s clear and clean. I’ll give it an 8/10.

Glenn Miller is singing about a stairway to the stars. That was in the late 1930s, I suppose, and large parts of the world were about to plunge into hell.

Anyway, we were going to talk about vodka: First thing you notice upon opening the bottle is that Issyk Kul has a faint scent. Slightly sweetish, and if you close your eyes and wish really hard, you can try to convince yourself that it’s the smell of Lake Issyk-kul itself. The taste is sweet as well. It doesn’t bite or fight on its way down. A 8/10.

I am looking through my notes here, and they are rather confusing. Here’s what I have for the category of aftertaste: “nice aroma makes me drunk comfortable tell the tourists they have to find the penis cloud and drink issyk kul vodka aftertaste 8/10.”


Not quite sure what to make of that last bit, but Issyk Kul is an overall good vodka: 8.3

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