no way of knowing

[40%, sampled in Germany]

Partisan vodka. What a name. Apparently, this one is manufactured in Belarus, but the brand seems to be German. I’m not sure about the specifics.

Is it just me or is it generally hard to find out where these Belarusian vodkas are from? It was the same with Etalon, which I eventually declared to be Russian after meditating over the issue for a while.

This one might be German. But I’ll just assume that it’s Belarusian. Like any good referee, I’ll just make one mistake and then intentionally make a counter-mistake to make up for it.


Okay, let’s talk about this vodka.

The vodka itself is no kiss on the cheek. Partisan goes down scratching like a cat on fire. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad vodka, because there’s still a certain pleasant aftertaste to it. It’s an aroma that vaguely reminded me of honey.

The bottle basically just looks like someone said the word “bottle” and then went ahead and made one – I liked that very much. Also, the price is very competitive (11€/700ml).

how to drink Partisan

I recommend you try Partisan vodka this way: sit down at your kitchen table and prepare some pickles and some dark bread. Pop in a playlist of Soviet nostalgia songs, preferably “A Partisan’s Song” performed by the Red Army Choir.

Then go ahead and knock back this vodka. Neat and at room temperature.

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