Кыргыз Арагы – Kyrgyz Aragy vodka. This one was the first upper segment vodka that I ever tried in the beautiful country of Kyrgyzstan. Does that mean it was expensive though? No. I paid around 300som for 700ml (about 4€), making this another 10/10 in terms of affordability. But what about the other factors that make up a good vodka?
Can Kyrgyz Aragy vodka hold its own in the world of exclusive liquor?
This vodka was part of a long night. A night of drinking in the valley of Jeti Oguz on the shores of Issy-kul. I had originally planned for it to be a sort of “one-bottle-evening”, and an exquisite brand like Kyrgyz Aragy vodka seemed just right for that purpose. So I sat down with two Germans I had met somewhere on the road. We got some food. We got some shotglasses. We poured our vodka. And everything went downhill from there.
About the vodka though: I have already mentioned the price (10/10). The bottle design seemed appealing to me, I’d give it a 7/10. The taste was very good, rather sweet and mild (8/10), and the aftertaste had a sort of aromatic richness to it that I really liked (9/10).
How do I know this? Well, because I kept notes on a piece of paper all through the night.
Overall rating: 8.5