[40%, sampled in Germany]
The vodka we have here is called Ostoya. It calls itself NOBLE WHEAT GRAIN, and it hails from Poland, which is one of the countries that claims to have invented vodka (other contenders being Russia and Ukraine).
the classy one
This one was among my findings that I brought home from Poland a few months ago. I usually don’t drink much, so the bottle just sat there for a while, looking a bit more classy than its brethren. Sometimes I would look at it in passing. And then I decided to give it a try.
Ostoya is one of the best
I was surprised to find out that Ostoya was one of the best vodkas ever. I’m not kidding: this stuff tastes incredibly smooth. Really. I had it neat and at room temperature, and it went down like rain water. The aftertaste was aromatic, long-lasting, and a bit sweet. I found myself thinking of flowers.
The price was good (13€/700ml), but it was slightly higher than your average Polish vodka. The bottle design fits into the Goose/Belvedere/Queen pattern that says “if the bottle looks like this, then it’s good stuff”. I think it’s prettier than Snow Queen and not quite as pretty as Belvedere.
Ostoya. Remember that name. You have to try it!