[40%, flavored, sampled in Germany]
Here’s Калиновая – Kalinovaya vodka from Russia, flavored with rowan berries.
I got this one from an online shop, and the reason why I bought it was mainly because the price seemed pretty reasonable (ca. 13€/700ml). I didn’t pay much attention to the bottle design or to the flavoring, I just wanted something interesting from Russia, so I got this.
Just another vodka. In just another bottle.
Little did I know how much I would love this one. The vodka itself was of solid quality, nothing overly exciting, but pretty good. It could have been a bit more smooth. The aftertaste was there, a vague hint of sweetness floating through my head, but I failed to notice the supposed taste of the rowan berries, much to my regret.
Here it is, though: the bottle was just awesome. I loved the birds and the red berries and everything else about it. This was the most beautiful bottle I had ever seen. Better than the Crystal Head, better than Kalashnikov even.
Get this, and you will have a good vodka and an awesome bottle.