tiger scratch marks
This is a review of Tigroff Ginseng vodka from Russia. I sampled it in Russia in 2010. It’s a clear infusion, 40% alcohol, it’s produced by Alviz, and I thought it could have been better.
I remember riding a bus through Vladivostok one day. There was this big dude sitting next to me, and I asked him: “What’s a good vodka?” He only said one word: “Tigroff.”
The big dude turned out to be very friendly. He told me his name was Nikita, and I told him that that was one of the coolest names ever. It really is. What’s Chris or Christoph compared to Nikita?
Anyway, heeding Nikita’s words, I went to the store and got myself a bottle of Tigroff. There were a few differently-designed bottles, and picked the black one without paying much attention to what it said on the label. So I accidentally bought a ginseng-infused vodka. But then why not?
The bottle looked pretty nice (scratch marks and all), and the price was awesome – 10€ for 700ml.
demonstrating Tigroff Ginseng vodka’s style
I figured that, judging from the scratch marks on the bottle, the name Tigroff had something to do with tigers. So I looked up the brand online, and there was an official website. They didn’t offer much in terms of information, but it seemed as though they had improved the bottle design.
[online search on April 4th 2022]
I liked the look of the new bottle.
the bad part
The thing is, nice bottle design and a good price isn’t everything. Vodka needs to taste good. And this is where Tigroff Ginseng vodka could do with some substantial improvements. The taste was rough, like a tiger uppercut to the jaw.
The aftertaste was surprisingly plain. It was there, and it wasn’t that bad, but I failed to recognize the ginseng in it.
Overall, this wasn’t one of the best vodkas I’d ever had. But when I look at the bottle, it makes me think of Vladivostok. And so it is with warm feelings that I remember Tigroff Ginseng vodka.
Maybe it tastes better from the redesigned bottle?