The plan for today was a four-hour horse ride to hot springs in the mountains that border Karakol. We got picked up, brought to the horses, a short introduction and off we went. The ride was beautiful and sometimes the horses even listened to our “tshoo”ing and went where we wanted. It was a long trip up the mountain and it got pretty cold after a while. We just weren’t prepared enough for winter. But luckily after some time we arrived at the little hut that was to be our shelter for the night. We dropped our bags and warmed ourselves up with a bath in one of the hot springs. After this our guide prepared us some lagman (noodle soup) and I got out my bottle of Melevich Vodka that I bought before we went up the mountain.
It was the suggestion of the guy who picked us up for the tour. Our guides who were with us at the hut were impressed; “Quite expensive vodka”. The 0.7-litre bottle cost me less than $4…. We opened the bottle and started pouring shots. The vodka didn’t had an intense smell, it had a very mild and quite sweet aroma. Our first shot went down easily. It tasted mild sweet almost candy-like and finished with a slightly harsher alcohol taste. A pretty good vodka and almost comparable to the likes of Russian Standard and just for a fraction of the price.