[40%, sampled in Germany]
This one is from Russia, and it’s called Рублевка – Rublëvka vodka. I guess you could also write it as Rublevka if you want. Those special characters can be a hassle sometimes. Like the umlaut thingies in German: ä ö ü. Or the ß – hat’s a special type of s, by the way, a hard hissing s. But anyway.
There is little to be said about this one, at least from me. The scenario of the tasting process was the same as usual: a group of friends, something to eat, some shot glasses, some water, a bottle of vodka. And it was some good vodka, too. I mean, Rublëvka turned out to be far from excellent, but it was good anyway.
Rublëvka is solid
Here is what I can say about this vodka: the smoothness was definitely there. It went down easily, there was no fighting and no gasping for air. The aftertaste was there, too. There was a hint of a flowery aroma, and it made me feel warm in the stomach.
When I checked out the bottle, I thought it didn’t look too bad, and the price of about 17€ for 700ml was okay, too.
might work in mixed drinks
My verdict: there are better vodka brands than this one. But then again, there are also many brands that are worse. I think Rublëvka might work well in a mixed drink, because it’s a pretty smooth vodka. I haven’t tried that, though.
I only had it neat and at room temperature.