Tau Brilliant
Taste 5
Aftertaste 7
Bottle Design 5
Price 9

Is this vodka trying too hard to appear upscale?

It was in the winter of 2016, and I was in the south of Kazakhstan, in a small town that had an awesome burger joint called Soul Food. My hotel room wasn’t very warm, so I wrapped a blanket around my body and nipped on some vodka when I..

Summary 6.5 goodish

Tau Brilliant

Almost forgot about this one.

It was in the winter of 2016, and I was in the south of Kazakhstan, in a small town that had an awesome burger joint called Soul Food. My hotel room wasn’t very warm, so I wrapped a blanket around my body and nipped on some vodka when I sat down to work on my blog.

The vodka was called Tau Brilliant (Тау Бриллиант), and I had it in the most appropriate way: with pickles.

Listening to Eric B. & Rakim while I’m typing this up, and I’m still fascinated by one thing: Rakim has been praised as one of the most gifted hip hop lyricists ever, and from listening to his songs with Eric B. I would certainly agree. Almost every single song they ever did together is awesome. But! Have you ever listened to Rakim’s two solo albums? They are cringeworthy.

Aaaaaaanyway, let’s talk about this vodka.

Tau Brilliant needs to work more on its taste and less on its bottle

I got this 500ml bottle of Tau Brilliant for 6 euros, which makes it a 9/10. There are many vodka brands in Kazakhstan that are cheaper than this one. But it’s still very affordable when you compare it to prices in Europe.

The bottle design is a bit awkward. The ground glass doesn’t really go together with the crystal applications in the center and in the cap. It looks like a cheap brand trying to masquerade as an upscale product. I’d give it a 5/10.

There was a bit of a biting smell, and the taste was sweetish, but a bit more spicy than it should have been. A burning sensation that goes down your throat and burns you. I’d give it a 5/10 for taste.

The aftertaste was a bit better, though. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it was aromatic, and it reminded me of wheat. A 7/10.

Overall, this vodka gets a 6.5

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