Vodka is a part of Polish culture and social tradition, it has always been present at Polish celebrations, parties and weddings. Actually it’s hard to imagine any kind of party in Poland without few bottles of vodka. Some people claim that vodka is somehow linked to Polish national identity. No wonder Poland is one of the biggest producers of this popular liquor. Polish vodka is made from fermented grain or potatoes. The one and favorite polish way of drinking vodka is to drink it straight and frozen in the chilled shot glass. Of course making cocktails and mixing is also very popular as we have lots of different types of vodka to mix.
Here’s the list of the best vodkas produced in Poland:
Sobieski – Vodka named after 17th century Polish King Jan III Sobieski. It is made from grain, from Dankowski Rye, for centuries recognized for its distinctive character. Combined with crystalline water from Oligocene springs contributes to the silky finish of this noble spirit. It is then continuously distilled, creating one of the purest and smoothest vodkas in the world. It comes in variety of flavours such as original, vanilla, melon, citron, peach etc. Sobieski vodka was ranked as #1 vodka by the Beverage Tasting Institute in 2007, and interesting fact is that Bruce Willis is the vodkas spokesperson and part owner as well.
Pan Tadeusz – It is named after famous national epic “Pan Tadeusz” written by polish poet Adam Mickiewicz. The composition of “Pan Tadeusz” has been elaborated in such a way to associate the product with good, Old Polish Vodka. It belongs to a luxurious pure vodkas group, made from selected rye grains, it combines several hundred years of Polish alcohol distinctive tradition with a modern spirit rectification process. Both those factors ensure the product is of the highest quality.
Belvedere – Premium, single grain vodka with a subtle sweetness and a smooth, clean finish, that has been pot distilled 4 times – the optimum number for enhancing the full character. This is a vodka that combines over 600 years of vodka producing expertise and uncompromising commitment to quality and heritage. Belvedere takes its name from Polish presidential palace placed in capital city, Warsaw.
Żołądkowa Gorzka – The name is translated as “bitter vodka for the stomach”. Despite its name, it is a sweet, amber-coloured vodka with a unique spiced aroma and herbal flavor. Is also produced in five flavour variations: traditional, a classic, special herb, bitter vodka, with Mint, Honey, clear/white and with Bison-Grass.
Dębowa – “Oak vodka of Poland” In recent years has become very popular vodka, of the highest quality, refined taste, consistent with traditional recipe. Absolutely amazing about Debowa Vodka’s products is its special wooden packaging or bottles decorated with wooden details and it has been promoted successfully all over the world.
Chopin – is named after the greatest Polish composer, known allover the world, Frederik Chopin. From the integrity of its naturally grown ingredients to its pride of process, Chopin Vodka stands alone among premium brands. Chopin vodka is produced from three other components which gives us three different types and flavors of vodka. Chopin Potato Vodka , has an alluring nose with subtle notes of vanilla and green apple. Chopin Rye, is extraordinarily silky with a medium body, a rich, balanced finish and a lively hint of spice. And Chopin Weat – delicate bread dough nose, initial hints of honey on the front palate, finishing with notes of butterscotch and honey.
Żubrówka also known in English as Bison Grass Vodka, is a brand of dry, herb-flavored vodka that is distilled from rye and bottled at 40% alcohol by volume. Its flavor is unique and is described as having woodruff, vanilla, coconut, and almond notes. Name of its vodka comes from grass eaten by polish bisons, (żubr – bison) and in each bottle is placed a blade of bison grass. While such piece of grass may be used mostly for decorative purposes, in mass production alcohol is infused with bulk amount of grass in order to obtain beverage’s taste and yellowish color.
Żubrówka tastes best with apple juice (my favorite way of drinking it is to add slice of cucumber, wedge of lime and some leaves of mint, build over lots of ice).
Krupnik is an ancient Polish liquor which traces its roots back to the 1300′s. As such, it has been a traditional drink in Poland for centuries. Honey and spices shape its taste and aroma, made according to an authentic old recipe from southeast Poland, with carefully selected varieties of honey. The vodka base allows the honey to come through, with a good herby bite.
Luksusowa, the Polish word for “luxury, has a superior taste that is a result of its potato-base. Luksusowa vodka is triple distilled from potatoes, through charcoal. Thanks to an unrivalled distillation process, all undesirable fermentation by-products are removed, resulting in a perfectly smooth, richer-tasting product and the number #1 potato vodka in the world. It is also produced in Citron and Wild Berries flavours.
Wyborowa is produced from rye grain,which imparts an incredible natural sweetness, using a double-step distillation proces. Wyborowa is the Polish word for “Exquisite” has rich, rounded, well-balanced nutty flavours with creamy notes and velvety texture. Lemon, Peach or Apple flavours of this vodka, being produced are great for your favorites cocktails.