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, breezy finish displaying elements of key lime pie and lemon Danish finish. Pair this vodka’s delicate citrus flavors with high quality tonic water.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Lvov Potato Vodka
92 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of parmesan, herb focaccia, minerals, and rye with a supple, bright, dryish light body and an effortless, swift grass and puffed corn finish. A character-rich, classic potato vodka that will be great for cocktail play and traditional serves.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Sobieski Vodka
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of chalk, marzipan, and rye toast with an oily, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, breezy schezuan peppercorns and spritz of lemon finish. A piquant vodka with great cocktail affinity.
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Wódka Vodka
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of green peppercorn, wet bay leaf and sage, and corn meal with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, brisk finish. A peppery, slightly herbal vodka that will work well in bloodies.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
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
Snow Leopard Vodka
90 points
$26.99
Clear color. Aromas of tepache, dill, yogurt spread, and sourdough with an vibrant, dryish light body and a hot, appealing, medium-length Szechwan peppercorns and ginger finish. An expressive vodka with character.
90 points $26.99
Debowa Lipowa z Ula Vodka
89 points
$7
Best Buy
Light straw color. Curious, candied, perfumed aromas and flavors of instant coffee, elder flowers, and packaged vanilla frosting with a glycerous, lively, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long finish evoking notes of lychee, champagne cola, and coconut cream finish. A fascinating spirit for drinking on its own or with apple juice in a classic polish combination.
89 points $7 Best Buy
Sobieski Vanilla Vodka
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Clear color. Interesting aromas of thin mint cookie, mocha lady finger, vanilla frosting, and coconut flake with a glycerous, crisp, sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length chocolate syrup, chocolate caramel, and mint frosting finish. A nice marriage of vanilla flavors that will be very versatile.
88 points $11 Best Buy