This one is called Кара Жорго – Kara Jorgo vodka (thanks to Kubat for clearing this up in the comments). In the Kyrgyz language, kara means “black”, and jorgo means a certain kind of “pacer” horse, so that would make it a “black horse” – what a fine name for a spirit! Also, there is a black horse on the label. But I am told that there is more to this word “Kara Jorgo”, since it is also the name of a Kyrgyz national dance. So maybe this vodka is supposed to get you in the mood for dancing?
Will Kara Jorgo vodka make you dance?
I had this vodka in a small village called Tamga located on the southern shores of Issyk-kul. I was staying in a guesthouse there, and because summer had already passed, there were not many other tourists around. Luckily, I was able to find a Japanese traveler to share the bottle with. His name was Hide, and he was a runner and a musician. Hide had a little bluetooth speaker and he put on classical music. He liked Bach.
We toasted our way through the bottle. It had cost 100som for 0.48l (500ml/3€ – 10/10) and was thus among the most affordable spirits I had ever tried. The bottle looked good, I liked the horse and the simplicity of it (6/10). The taste was good too, a bit sweet (7/10), and the aftertaste was okay, slightly better than average, but not great (6/10).
In the end, we thought the vodka was good, but it didn’t make us dance.