[40%, sampled in Kyrgyzstan]
Ozon vodka. From Kyrgyzstan. This was the first bottle of vodka that I tried after arriving in Bishkek in September 2014.
what do men drink
Hanging out at a hostel with a heavy cold, I didn’t know what to do with myself. So I went into this small shop somewhere and asked the guy: “what do you drink?”
He gave me a bottle of cognac.
So I said: “No no no, I mean VODKA, what kind of VODKA do you drink?” To which he simply replied that he didn’t drink vodka.
“What do men drink?” I finally asked him.
The first thing I noticed was the price. Most vodka in Kyrgyzstan is insanely cheap. Like, life-threateningly cheap. This 500ml bottle was about 180 Som, making it less than 4€ for a 700ml bottle.
When I asked people why vodka was so cheap in Kyrgyzstan, most of them said that if you made it more expensive, then people would just distill it at their homes, thus posing a much greater risk to public health.
Okay, so Ozon it was. This stuff says OXYGEN-ENRICHED on the label. Being conscious about my health, I’ve always loved the idea that drinking hard liquor can somehow be good for me. More oxygen? Yes, please!
Ozon isn’t bad
And the stuff tasted surprisingly good. I keep a little drinking journal. In it I noted that Ozon didn’t taste like air at all, but that it was mild and gentle when consumed neat and at room temperature. I had it with pickled cucumbers, which was very nice. And the aftertaste was good too. Heart-warming and aromatic.
Overall, this one is a very good vodka at a superb price.