has one thing and lacks another
[37,5%, sampled in the Czech Republic]
I bought this vodka in a small shop near my hotel in Prague. I wanted to have something to compare that bottle of Absolut Elyx to. The owner recommended Blend 42, but I had already tried that one before. So I just took this one called Pražská.
It looked like a typical medium shelf vodka.
a shop in Prague
I paid up, and as I did, I asked the shop owner where he was from. “Vietnam”, he said. I asked if he’d been here long. “Not too long”, he said. Were people treating him alright? He put his hand in the air and made a fluttering movement: “So so”, he said and smiled.
So I’m back in my hotel room. Amy Winehouse is on, It’s 01:48 in the morning, and I’m still slightly tipsy from that Elyx stuff. I never finished the bottle. Guess I’ll just take it home with me. Anyway, now it’s Pražská time. Or can I just write it as Prazska?
I looked up the name and landed on a surprisingly slick-looking website. It shows a bunch of awards that Pražská has apparently won. I can’t really understand much of it because it’s in Czech, but there’s a hand at the bottom of the screen, a hand that holds a shot glass and moves to the left and to the right as I move my mouse cursor. It’s awesome.
“And although he’s nothing in the scheme of my years, it just serves to bludgeon my futile tears.” – that’s Amy.
Pražská is mild
So how does this vodka taste? Well, Pražská is actually surprisingly mild. It tastes sweet, and it goes down smoothly. There is just a tiny bit of uniqueness missing for the taste to be great, but still, it’s very good.
The aftertaste, well, not so much. I felt like I had a cold rock in my stomach. Okay, maybe that’s because I’ve been having a bit more vodka than usual tonight. But there was really not that much fun in the aftertaste. It wasn’t aromatic. It was bland.
I paid about 160 crowns for this 0,5 liter bottle. So that’s about 8,5€ for 700ml. I wonder if this whole price ranking thing is fair at all. I mean, how is a brand in a high-income country ever supposed to compete with one in, say, Uzbekistan?
The bottle design isn’t bad. But it looks boring to me. There’s just nothing special about it.
“It’s bricked up in my head, it’s shoved under my bed”. Amy.