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:
- Quality of ingredients, such as grains, potatoes, grass, grapes, etc.
- Purity of water
- Distillation – more repeated distillation doesn’t make a vodka better. It’s the continuous distillation, that makes vodka pure.
- Smooth sipping
- No harsh aftertaste
- Clean aroma
Here’s my top 10 vodkas:
#1 premium vodka in Poland. Named after King Jan III Sobieski, who is regarded as the last great King of Poland.
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.
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.
Pravda means The Truth in Polish. Pravda is produced in Southern Poland in the pristine Carpathian Mountain district of Bielsko-Biala.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
EFFEN is slang for smooth, even or balanced in the Dutch language.
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)