May 2017. I should have been out walking, but I had a day off in Almaty. So I went out and got myself four bottles. Four, because vodka was cheap in this part of the world. Four, because I wanted to compare them to each other. I thought that was very professional of me.
However, when I took the bottles out of the shopping bag in my hotel room, I felt a bit overwhelmed. Of course I wasn’t going to finish them all. But I felt kind of stupid for hanging out with four vodka bottles by myself anyway.
Why is Kristall White vodka so terrible?
I had a bunch of blog posts to write, so I sat down, poured a glass of the first bottle, which was called Kristall White (Кристалл Водка White) and started going through my pictures. Then I took a sip.
The smell should have been a warning. It was as strong as they come, which is never a good sign when it comes to vodka. If your nose burns just from smelling the stuff, then don’t bother drinking it. I was in it for the testing game, so I drank it anyway. And it burned viciously, all the way down. A very bad taste (3/10). The aftertaste was somehow even worse, because it, too, somehow burned. I hated it (2/10).
Now the price was awesome of course. I paid 896 Kazakh Tenge for 0,5 liters of this stuff, which translates to about 4,50€/700ml. A solid 10/10.
And I liked the bottle design, not so much the golden details on the labels, but the bottle itself; the lines and the white misting towards the bottom. A nice bottle (7/10) that only disappoints once you finds out what’s in it.
My advice: don’t buy this vodka.
Overall rating: a 5.5.