365 Drinks: #109 Kumis (Kyrgyzstan)


Also known as “milk champagne”

We didn’t do much today. Hanging out, doing some work and enjoying our apartment. I only went out to look for a jacket since it got quite cold. I didn’t succeed. But on my way back, I found something that I was looking for since Uzbekistan. Apparently the whole region including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have a special kind of beer. It is made out of horse milk and is completely different to other alcoholic drinks out there since it is not grain or fruit based. Yes guys, I had some kumis.

The bottle had a horse on it and was dirty, as dirty as every other bottle of kumis I saw in the supermarket. I brought it home and opened it. The strong bad-cheese aroma immediately filled the room. The content looked like watery milk with white floating bits in it. It tasted cheesy-sour almost like a blue cheese cider. This might sound good, but it wasn’t. Especially the slight carbonation of the drink makes it really weird. The alcohol content is unknown but according to the internet, it is between 1 and 2.5% for professionally manufactured kumis. Weak, bad taste and just weird. It was shit.


The Breakdown

Alcoholic punch

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  1. Aybek

    U bought kumis from the mall…of course its a shit…if you d try real kumis made by nomads in mountains you d lose your mind how its tasty

    • Semi

      Unfortunately because it’s out of season we couldn’t find any homemade stuff. But also our research among even the local people pretty much disagrees with your idea that kumis = tasty. Maybe we’ll find out next year.

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