We had a nice time in the mountains but it was time to get back into civilization. We had a tight schedule ahead. Three-hour horse ride down the mountain then directly to the marshrutka that would bring us back to Bishkek in five hours. Needless that we were rather exhausted when we arrived at the hostel of our choice in Bishkek. It was late, we were tired and hungry and I still needed to get me a drink. So what to choose for our last day in Kyrgyzstan? We went to the nearby supermarket and discovered something I haven’t had before.
Sea buckthorn boza made by Shoro. Boza is also called “Kyrgyz beer” and apparently rival for the real Kyrgyz national drink with kumis. It is a drink made out of fermented wheat cereals and malt and my particular one even had some sea buckthorn in it to make it more healthy and sweeter. The drink comes in a pretty big bottle with one of the best mascots of a company I have ever seen on it. The bottle also has a lot of extra space between the drink and the cap so the shit doesn’t squirt everywhere as soon as you open the bottle. It almost overflowed when I opened it though. Why? The drink is pretty fizzy and not like other drinks, the bubbles don’t just pop right away after they appear. It is like cooking milk on a pot, it takes a while for the foam to reduce.
The drink itself is yellowish and has some undefinable bits in it. It smells carbonated and like a fermented citrus fruit. A bit strange but not too bad. The consistency of the drink is a bit strange as well, it is creamy and chunky but when you drink it, it feels like you just had a glass of water with five tablespoons of cornstarch in it. The taste was better than expected. It was citrusy sweet at the beginning before it turned into a taste I would compare to cornstarch. Apparently the drink has 2.5-4.5% alcohol content, so it is not the most potent drink. The sea buckthorn bozo is better than I expected but this doesn’t mean it’s good. At least it is good for your health and, according to Wikipedia, increases women’s boobs and milk production during pregnancy.