Review: AnestasiA Vodka (2012)

Review: AnestasiA Vodka (2012)

anestasia vodkaMuch has been written about AnestasiA to date, so I won’t belabor obvious points. This weird and wacky spirit is far from the beaten path. I’m sure there are tons of club kids who’ll find this to their liking. I found it strange to the power of 100.

AnestasiA is marketed as a “Sensational Spirit” which pleasantly tingles in your mouth. Initially I thought this meant it was a carbonated/sparkling vodka, but that’s not the case. In fact it is a flavored vodka that “consists of naturally occurring ingredients and flavorings that are commonly used in the food industry.”

That flavoring primarily appears to be a member of the menthol family.

Nosing a glass of AnestasiA reveals a brisk lemon character that’s backed with some traditional medicinal tones plus a sort of rubbery quality. But take a sip and you’re in for something entirely unexpected: A powerful menthol character that immediately numbs the lips and makes the back of the throat chilly. I’m not overstating things here; this is not a subtle effect. The menthol is so powerful it feels like you’re drinking a liquified cough drop, or a bottle of Chloraseptic. The numbness in fact persists for at least a minute, maybe two.

With this numbing effect in play, it’s hard to say much about what AnestasiA actually tastes like. It’s vodka at the core, but I couldn’t begin to describe it. My palate is numbed by the menthol component… hence, I suppose, the “anesthesia” inspired name. For someone expecting a more traditional vodka, the attack to the palate is jarring.

For what it’s worth, the vodka is made from organic Oregon-grown corn in Bend, Oregon, distilled five times, filtered through charcoal and volcanic rock, and gluten-free. The packaging — striking and unwieldy, to say the least — is made from 40% recycled glass. It’s now available in New York only.

I give AnestasiA copious points for originality. It’s far from understated though, and I’m not sure I can describe it as vodka, either. Sure beats Sucrets, though, and I’m sure it’ll be a big hit this Spring at your local rave.

80 proof.

C- / $39 / 

AnestasiA Vodka (2012)




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. David Shrimpton on March 15, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I agree, and what I like most about this spirit is the tingling sensation it leaves on your lips, and tongue. It gives a normal recipe a kick and truly makes it unique. I tried making some alcohol beverages by mixing it with different flavors, and I must say they are simply incredible. You just got to stick your tongue in Anestasia and swallow the shot in one go!

  2. Rick on April 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I drank this vodka it was really awesome.

  3. john on July 17, 2014 at 7:17 am

    On my last birthday, I was gifted an Anestasia Vodka bottle by my girlfriend. Such is the design of the bottle, it looks like a huge piece finely cut diamond. My review for the vodka itself is also the very same – awesome, nothing like it. Oh, the benefits of having a sensible girlfriend!

  4. Debbie Polino on July 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

    They actually changed to regular vodka that tasted much better. The beautiful bottles is the same!

  5. Kristen on July 23, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Anestasia Vodka gives me a very vital feeling, the feeling of calmness and enjoyment, both from its pleasing design and from its smooth spreading taste. I am no expert in Vodka, but you can call be an expert in choosing the best things in life. Anestasia is my choice in Vodka.

  6. Selena on July 24, 2014 at 2:48 am

    I do not want you guys to forget mentioning about the taste of Anestasia Vodka. I feel the focus is sometimes more on the design, but let me tell you that even if you put this vodka is a stone bottle, this is going to taste as fantastic. Hats off to the process for preparing this vodka. It is great.

  7. Andrew J on November 6, 2014 at 2:30 am

    This vodka is really awesome,must try IT :-)

  8. aasiabaracho on November 6, 2014 at 2:49 am

    One must try the taste

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