Last time I reviewed a vodka brand I was listening to Black Flag. Good times. Tonight is very different, though. Wanna know what it is I am listening to tonight? I am sorry, I cannot say. It is so unspeakably heavy, I must never tell you what it is. My apologies.
If you insist.
Here it is: Ringworm. Seriously, those guys seem just ridiculously angry. But enough of that now.
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).
Ostoya vodka more than lives up to its looks
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. Until I decided to give it a try.
Here’s what I think: the price is good (13€/700ml), but it is slightly higher than your average Polish vodka (8/10). 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 is prettier than Snow Queen and not as pretty as Belvedere. So I’d give it a 8/10.
The taste is one of the best ever. It is incredibly smooth. Really. A total 10. The aftertaste is a bit sweet. I’d give it a 9 leaning towards a ten.
All in all, this is some very fine stuff. 8.75.