I bought this vodka in a small shop near my hotel. I wanted it purely so I’d have something to compare that bottle of Absolut Elyx to. The owner recommended another brand, namely 42 Blended, but I had already tried that one before. So I just took this one called Pražská. It looked like a typical medium shelf vodka. Hopefully nothing too bad.
I paid up, and as I did, I asked the shop owner where he was from. “Vietnam”, he said. Been here long? I asked him. “Not too long”, he said. Are people treating you alright? I wanted to know. To which he stretched out his hand and made a fluttering movement: “So so”, he said and smiled.
Pražská vodka has one thing and lacks another
So I’m back in my hotel room. Amy Winehouse is on (Frank, not Back To Black). It’s 01:48 in the morning. I am 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 time for this Pražská stuff.
Googled the name and landed on a surprisingly slick-looking website. It shows a bunch of awards that this vodka apparently won. I can’t really understand much of it because it’s in Czech and I don’t speak 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.
Okay, time to focus.
“And although he’s nothing in the scheme of my years / It just serves to bludgeon my futile tears” – that’s Amy.
Need to focus. How much did I pay for that bottle? I think about 160 crowns. So that would make it a 10/10 economically. I wonder if this whole price ranking thing is fair at all. I mean, how is a brand in, say, Switzerland ever supposed to compete with one in, say, Uzbekistan?
What about the bottle design though? Meh. I mean, it’s not bad. But it looks boring to me. I’d give it a 5/10 rating. There’s just nothing special about it.
So how does this vodka taste? Well, it’s actually surprisingly mild. It tastes sweet, and it goes down smooth. There is just a tiny bit of uniqueness missing for the taste to be great, but still, it’s very good (9/10).
The aftertaste, well, not so much. I felt like I had a cold block of ice 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 (5/10).
“It’s bricked up in my head, it’s shoved under my bed”.
This is a 7.25.