About Polish Spirits

About Polish Spirits
There is documented evidence that vodka can be traced back to the early 1400s in Poland; today, vodka is as popular as ever in this country. Poland is known for its distinctive vodkas that are not flavorless, but quite unique, as several of them are distilled from potatoes or rye. Quality overall is very high; some are luxury vodkas that are are on the back bars of tope clubs and restaurants in London and Las Vegas, while other lesser-known examples are ideal for artisan cocktails; some of these are fruit-flavored, made with cherries or oranges.

Fruit-based liqueurs, known as Nalewki, made from apricots, cherries and other assorted fruits are among other popular spirits made in Poland.

Top Picks for Poland

Sobieski Estate 100% Dankowski Single Rye Vodka
94 points
$23
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of violet candy, grapefruit, and nutmeg with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, brisk finish. A vodka for pineapple cocktails on a back patio in the summer night.
94 points $23 Best Buy
Wyborowa Wodka Vodka
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Minerally aromas of fresh spring water with lemon, macadamia nut, and white frosting with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length cucumber, grapefruit pith, white grape, and pumpernickel finish. A cool, clean vodka with precise acidity and minerality.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Sobieski Cytron Vodka
93 points
$11
Best Buy
Clear color. Exotic aromas and flavors of lime juice, galangal, coconut water, and melon balls with a lean, crisp, dry thin body and a warming, snappy key lime pie and lemon Danish finish. Pair this vodka’s delicate lime flavors with high quality tonic water.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Sobieski 100% Pure Dankowski Rye Vodka
93 points
$11
Best Buy
Clear color. Medicinal, nutty aromas of almond skin with a velvety, soft, light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long roasted almond, cocoa powder, candied ginger, and lemon cream finish. A great spicy vodka to try in the 20th-century cocktail.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Poniatowski Vodka
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Faint aromas and flavors of porcelain, tarragon, shredded wheat, and cream with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, long coconut water, flan, nougat, and limestone finish. A remarkable flavorful and vibrant vodka for all applications.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Lvov Vodka
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Grainy, inviting aromas and flavors of bread crust, grain, and nutskin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long sweet cream, vanilla fondant, and chalk finish. A smooth and lively vodka well suited for martinis.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Sobieski 100% Pure Selected Rye Vodka
92 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of grain and nut flours and hint of praline with a glycerous, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, breezy nut and mineral oils, powdered sugar, rye cracker, and gravel finish. A nice grainy, spicy vodka for cocktails.
1852 Kurant Crystal Organic Vodka
91 points
$31.99
Clear color. Aromas of ethanol, cream of wheat, lemon bar, and peach with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk schechuan peppercorns and nougat finish. A round vodka with a hint of clean sweetness.
91 points $31.99
Lyna Vodka
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright clear color. Mild, creamy aromas and flavors of frosted cereal, pastry dough, sweet cream, and coconut husk with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length cream, powdered sugar, fig granola, and minerals finish. A very clean, well made, creamy vodka.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
ZBIGNIEW Spirytus
91 points
$19.95
Best Buy
Clear color. Bold, peppery, hot aromas of pepper jelly and nougat with an body and a hot, appealing, long sugar, vanilla custard, and frosted cereal finish. Surprisingly well balanced on it’s own, diluted it is quite flavorful and attractive.
91 points $19.95 Best Buy