My Top 10 Vodkas

Some people are wine snobs, some are scotch connoisseurs, and some like their whiskey. Well, if you ask my friends they will tell you that I like my vodka. After all I’m Polish!

So what makes a great vodka you ask?

There are few important factors when it comes to a premium vodka:

  1. Quality of ingredients, such as grains, potatoes, grass, grapes, etc.
  2. Purity of water
  3. Distillation – more repeated distillation doesn’t make a vodka better. It’s the continuous distillation, that makes vodka pure.
  4. Smooth sipping
  5. No harsh aftertaste
  6. Clean aroma

Here’s my top 10 vodkas:

1. Sobieski
#1 premium vodka in Poland. Named after King Jan III Sobieski, who is regarded as the last great King of Poland.
Origin: Poland

2. U’luvka
U’luvka is Polish for Legless, referring to a style of crystal vodka glasses favored by the 17th century King Sigismund III of Poland and his court.
Origin: Poland

3. Chopin
Named after a Polish composer, Frederic Chopin. Each bottle contains only three ingredients – the highest-quality, naturally grown potato, rye or wheat, yeast and purified artesian well water.
Origin: Poland

4. Pravda
Pravda means The Truth in Polish. Pravda is produced in Southern Poland in the pristine Carpathian Mountain district of Bielsko-Biala.
Origin: Poland

5. Belvedere
Belvedere is considered one of the first luxury vodkas. It is named after Belweder, the Polish presidential palace, whose illustration appears on the company’s bottles.
Origin: Poland

6. Grey Goose
Grey Goose is a Bacardi-owned brand of premium vodka. The company says that the name was inspired by “the geese that have made Cognac their home and are celebrated in the region.”
Origin: France

7. Żubrówka
Known in English as Bison Grass Vodka. The name comes from grass eaten by Polish bisons, (żubr – bison) and a blade of bison grass is placed in each bottle.
Origin: Poland

8. Cîroc
One of the world’s only vodkas created entirely from grapes. The name is a combination of two French words, Cime meaning Peak and Roche meaning Rock.
Origin: France

9. EFFEN
EFFEN is slang for smooth, even or balanced in the Dutch language.
Origin: Netherlands

10. SKYY
Founded by an engineer with no spirits experience. He named it after the sky and added the extra “Y” for a unique name he could trademark.
Origin: United States

Most of these vodkas are available at your local LCBO.

Na zdrowie! (Cheers)

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