This one was part of my vodka experiment when I was in the old town of Sheki in Azerbaijan in the summer of 2018. I went to a little shop, bought a few bottles, also bought some food to go along with them, and then I had a good time. This particular brand was called Napoléon vodka, which sounded like it was going to be either very good or very bad.
Where is Napoleon vodka really from?
One initial problem I had with this vodka was that it had a French name while saying GENUINE RUSSIAN VODKA on the label and also claiming to be FROM AZERBAIJAN. I figured this could only mean that it had been produced in Azerbaijan according to Russian production standards, and that the name was kind of random.
the fire when it goes down
The price I paid was 5 manat for 0,5L, which put it somewhere at the unbelievable 4€/700ml mark. Apparently Caucasian vodka prices were down there with Central Asian ones. A 10/10.
The bottle design didn’t do anything for me. It looked cheap. The usage of Napoléon’s name and image seemed random. Also, it was hard to open the bottle, and it had a cork-like cap that was difficult to reseal. The pouring sound was good, though, so I’m going to give it a 4/10.
I’m still not sure about the taste. The smell had something slightly sweet to it (promising good things) but the vodka burned the mouth, and it burned the throat. I’ll give it a 5/10.
The aftertaste was better, though. It was almost flowery. A 7 leaning towards an 8.
Overall, Napoléon vodka should thoroughly redo the whole bottle design and work on the fieriness of the initial taste. It could be an solid vodka. This way it’s a meh 6.5.