Көк Бөру – Kök Böru vodka (or Kok Boru vodka, if you want). This one is from Kyrgyzstan (like the few others before it), and it even has specific Kyrgyz letters in its name: the “ө” is usually transliterated as “ö”. Awesöme!
Is Kok Boru vodka more Kyrgyz than other brands from Kyrgyzstan?
I found this one in the little village of Tamga, and I shared it with my Japanese friend, the same guy who had previously finished the bottle of with me. Those were days of quiet happiness. During the day, I would go out and take photographs of the lake and the mountains. The Japanese guy would go running or something. At night, we would get together in the guesthouse, share good food and (more or less) good drinks, and listen to Classical music.
About Kok Boru vodka though: it was certainly not expensive – 150 som for 500ml, making it less than 4€/700ml and a perfect 10/10. I thought the bottle design was tolerable (4/10), and while the taste itself wasn’t a complete failure and even a bit sweet (6/10), the aftertaste was just bland (5/10).
It wasn’t a terrible vodka. You could mix it with juice and be fine with it. But drinking it made me feel as though the most special thing about this vodka was its name, because it had those nice “ө” thingies in it.
Overall rating: 6.25