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This is a review of Nano Platinum vodka from Kyrgyzstan. I sampled it in Kyrgyzstan in 2014. It’s clear, 40% alcohol, produced by Ayu, and I found it mild and a bit sweet.
Here’s a throwback to Kyrgyzstan. To the old sanatorium of Jeti Oguz. To the clean mountain air and the night of many drinks. This one, called Nano Platinum vodka, was the last and final brand that followed Kyrgyz Aragy, after Ular, and after Atanbay. You could probably say that it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The only thing about Nano Platinum vodka that I could find online was a post from 2015 on an Italian vodka blog called Vodka 365. They said that Nano Platinum vodka belonged to Ayu, the Kyrgyz vodka giant.
The post was generally favorable towards Nano Platinum vodka, and it mentioned its dispenser in the bottle cap.
[online search from April 5th 2022]
I couldn’t find any mention of Nano Platinum vodka on the offical Ayu website or in their product portfolio, though. So I am wondering if this vodka has been discontinued.
Back to our night in Kyrgyzstan. I actually don’t remember drinking this at all. But luckily I still have my notes, and they are surprisingly readable. Some parts are crossed out where we apparently argued about how we were going to rate this drink, and there are some water stains on the paper.
Or are they vodka stains?
Nano Platinum vodka tastes like wheat
My notes say that Nano Platinum vodka should get an 8 out of 10 for its taste. And they tell me that it tasted like wheat. The aftertaste was supposed to have been good, too. My notes don’t mention any special aroma in the aftertaste, though.
Interestingly enough, this one was slightly more expensive than most other brands in Kyrgyzstan. It was about 250 Som for 700ml (4€). The bottle design was okay at best. A dispenser is always nice, so that’s a plus. But I personally didn’t really like the bottle design that much because it looked super eighties.
All in all, Nano Platinum vodka was very good, and I would love to try it again in more limited quantities.