I got this bottle of Our/Berlin vodka in a gift wrapper. I said thank you and put it in my book shelf. It wasn’t until some time later that I opened it, and the person who gave it to me and I drank it together.
Our/Berlin, the teeny tiny vodka
The first thing I noticed about this vodka is that the bottle was REALLY small. It’s 350ml, making it about half the size of a usual vodka bottle (700ml). It actually felt a little bit like one of those nostalgic mineral water bottles.
Did I like the design? Well, yes and no.
the problem with caps
I think the size of a bottle doesn’t matter that much as long as it has a screw cap: you could drink any amount, then screw the cap back on and come back for the rest later. The problem with Our/Berlin vodka is that it comes with a crown cap. And since liquor generally doesn’t like to be stored in an open container, you theoretically have to finish it once it’s open.
I’m saying “theoretically” because the crown cap in this case is actually resealable. But I didn’t know that until I had opened it for the first time. This meant that as much as I wanted to just give it a try, I found myself waiting for an occasion where a friend and I would finish it in one evening.
Maybe I just didn’t read the instructions.
The bottle itself and the label were pretty standard. They basically looked like someone was going for a low-key nostalgic look. I thought it was overall okay, but the crown cap was a bit of a turn off. A 6/10 in the design department.
Now for the price: I looked this up and you would have to pay about 16 Euros for one bottle of Our/Berlin vodka. That puts it in the 32€/700ml range, which is among the most expensive vodkas you can find in an average supermarket. It’s a 4/10.
mild and spicy fruits
Now that we’ve talked at length about bottles and caps and prices, let’s talk about taste and aftertaste. I wasn’t surprised to find out that Our/Berlin vodka had only a very faint smell – you would expect nothing else for this amount of money. And the taste is great, too. It is super mild (this is literally how I wrote it down in my notes: “super mild”), there is something sweet and slightly spicy in there, and it goes down easily (9/10).
The aftertaste is consistently aromatic, smooth, and fruity. It tastes like a good high-class vodka. (8/10).
I liked this Our/Berlin vodka itself, just not the price and the bottle design. A 6.75.