You can probably imagine that my final night in Azerbaijan was fun. I mean, I didn’t drink a lot, or at least I wasn’t planning on it. And yet I had to try every one of the brands I had bought. This one, called Korona vodka, was the third and final one.
How can Korona vodka be so hot and so sweet at the same time?
The shop owner looked at me funny when I got my three bottles and walked out. I had asked him to recommend three brands, and I had added that they didn’t have to be all top-shelf. I wanted something good, something mediocre, and something less good. Right after I had walked out of the shop I couldn’t remember which was which. A good thing? Probably.
This bottle of Korona vodka cost me 7 manat for 500ml. So it was about 5,5€/700ml. A solid 10/10, just like all the others in Azerbaijan.
The design of the bottle, well, it was a bit like that of Russian Garant – another ugly brother of Czar’s Gold. I didn’t care for the Trumpian “gold-gold-gold-crown-crown-crown” shtick. Also, the bottle had a cork cap. This seemed to be à la mode in Azerbaijan. So anyway, this one was a 4/10, not quite a 5.
sugar and chili
When I poured this, there was a faint smell of apple that I liked very much. Of course these vodka smells can be simple phantoms or olfactory associations that our brains make for us, but still they can be pretty awesome.
The taste was a surprise as well. The 40% vodka was very hot and very sweet at the same time. Yes, hot and sweet. Sort of like I would imagine mixing sugar and chili. I liked it a lot: 8/10.
The aftertaste was great, too. It was hot, and it weighed down in the mouth and the throat, but there was something like a caramel aroma to it. A 7/10.
Overall, Korona vodka is one of the better vodkas that comes in an ugly-ass bottle. A 7.25.