I’ve been for some time hearing rumours of sightings of Borjomi in Moscow. It disappeared from the time of the conflict over South Osetia and Abkhazia in 2008. Today I ran into Borjomi in Rybny Rynok (Fish Market) in Zamoskvorechye, Metro Novokuznetskaya, Pyatnitsky pereulok 2. It is 100 roubles ($3) per bottle though, more than twice what it was before the war. Look for sign “Деревенское мясо” (“Village meat”). The storekeeper Elena says from now on she will carry Borjomi. Despite relatively high price people were almost lining up for it.
Borjomi is naturally carbonated highly mineralized water from the Borjomi Gorge in central Georgia, and is reputed to cure a bunch of diseases. By far my favourite among mineral waters. It is Georgia’s main or one of the top export products, and evil Ruskies of course banned import when Georgia actively objected to them grabbing their territories in 2008.
WATCH OUT FOR FAKE BORJOMI! REAL STUFF IS IN A QUALITY GREENISH BOTTLE. FAKE LOOKS LIKE FAKE IF YOU ATTENTIVELY INSPECT THE BOTTLE. ALSO FAKES WILL OFTEN USE A SLIGHTLY MODIFIED NAME, EG. BOURJOMI OR BORGOMI.
True Borjomi releases gas in two stages. First, these are large bubbles like with ordinary carbonated water. Then comes the second wave. If you’ve already downed it you’ll experience a slight and not an unpleasant burp. One of the tests for authenticity.