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

Zubrówka Bison Grass Flavored Vodka
94 points
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, chamomile tea with honeycomb, caramel candies, and spiced apples with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of french lavender and shortbread finish. A mildly flavored vodka to add weight and texture to cocktails.
94 points $24.26
Lvov Potato Vodka
92 points
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
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
Lenark Vodka
87 points
Clear color. Aromas of moss, wet stones, lime peel, and hints of noyaux with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a sleek, quick mixed peppercorns finish. A mineral-forward, stony Vodka for the cocktail enthusiast.