Ular. Another vodka from Kyrgyzstan. This was the second bottle that graced our table during the “night of many drinks” in Jeti Oguz. Night had fallen outside, the horses were coming home from the pastures, and we had just finished dinner and a very good bottle of . What were we going to do now? Go to our rooms and call it a night? Or stay here in the warmth of the restaurant and see what other Kyrgyz vodka brands we could try? Obviously, we opted for the latter choice. It just seemed more promising.
What’s special about Ular vodka?
It was a long night. Our party of three was joined by a Kyrgyz uncle with a friendly smile and a great ability to consume alcohol. Many things seem obscure to me now. How long did I play with two dogs outside of the restaurant? Why did I let them run away with my hat, and why did they find it necessary to tear it apart? I found it the next day, sitting on a fence. Somebody had apparently picked it up and put it there.
But I was going to talk about vodka here, right? Ular is cheap even for Kyrgyz standards: 110som for 500ml (not even 3€/700ml), another 10/10. It comes in a nice bottle with a bird on it (7/10). And now that I am going through my notes from that night (luckily I didn’t lose them), I can tell you that Ular vodka has an okay but not very refined taste (6/10) and a boring aftertaste (5/10). There is nothing special about it.
Except for the nice bird on the label.
Second bottle of the night: 7.0