Polish vodka - everything you need to know - the best vodkas you must try

by John Doe
A good shot of a prepared good vodka

Polish vodka (in polish "wódka") is a clear, distilled spirit made from fermented grains (rye, wheat, triticale, barley or oats) or Polish potatoes. It is a staple of Polish culture and has been popular for centuries. In this post we will take a closer look at the history, production and different types of Polish vodka.

History of Polish vodka

The origins of Polish vodka date back to the 8th century, when it was first mentioned in historical texts. However, it was not until the 14th century that it became a popular drink among the upper class. At that time, vodka was mainly made from rye and used for medicinal purposes. It was not until the 16th century that vodka became a more widespread drink.

Vodka production

Polish vodka is usually made from fermented grains, such as rye, wheat or barley. The grains are first mashed and then distilled to produce a high percentage alcohol. This alcohol is then mixed with water and sometimes other ingredients, such as fruits or herbs, to create the final product. The vodka is then filtered and bottled for consumption.

How do you drink Polish vodka?

Nowadays, we mostly drink vodka well-chilled (without any additives) or in cocktails.

However, it wasn't always like this! Traditionally, our ancestors drank vodka without any additives, such as water, ice or soda, and without first chilling it.

In fact, in order to experience the flavor and aroma of vodka and to fully appreciate the beverage, it should be consumed at room temperature, on ice or with a little water - that is, the way whiskey is drunk.

Types of Polish vodka

There are several different types of Polish vodka, each with its own unique taste and characteristics. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Grain or potato vodkas:


This is a classic premium vodka that is made from rye, which gives this drink a distinctly delicate flavor and velvety texture. It is considered one of the best vodkas in the world.


The Chopin brand produces three different single-ingredient vodkas: potato, rye and wheat. Chopin vodka is considered a luxury vodka. Named after the great composer, it makes Poland famous around the world no less than the master himself.


This is another premium vodka. Four times distilled, it is made from the highest quality Polish rye. The bottle features Belvedere's palace - the Presidential Palace in Warsaw - the seat of the head of state. Known for its mild, slightly sweet taste.


Luksusowa Vodka is a Polish vodka that has been around since 1928. It is produced from potatoes and is known for its smooth, clean taste. Luksusowa is an excellent vodka to drink on its own or in cocktails.


This is another popular Polish vodka, made from 100% rye. It is known for its smooth, clean taste and is one of the cheaper brands of Polish vodka. 

Pan Tadeusz

Pan Tadeusz vodka is produced in Poland and distilled from rye. The vodka is clear and has a slightly sweet taste. 

Flavored and aromatized vodkas

In addition to these traditional types of vodka, there are also many flavored or flavored vodkas available. These spirits are made by adding a flavoring ingredient (a spice or herbal or fruit aroma) to the vodka after distillation.


This is perhaps one of the most internationally known Polish vodkas. Zubrowka is made from rye, with the addition of bison grass, which grows in the Bialowieza Forest, giving it a unique taste and aroma. It is often served chilled and tastes great served on its own, without additives, but it is also enjoyed in cocktails.

Debowa Polish Vodka 

Debowa is a Polish vodka made from rye. The vodka is distilled three times and filtered through charcoal. Debowa Polska Vodka has a smooth taste with a slightly sweet finish.


Krupnik is a sweet liquor based on honey and a variety of herbs. This liquor brand offers many flavored liqueurs, such as cherry, lemon, quince and hazelnut flavored.

Various flavored vodkas and liqueurs are also offered by brands such as Lubelska, Soplica and Wyborowa.

It is worth mentioning that vodka is considered by many to be Poland's national drink, which is why it is so important to the culture and is not only consumed, but also exported to many other countries. The production process is strictly regulated to ensure the high quality of vodka.

Polish vodka is loved around the world, and for good reason. Its rich history, unique aromas and mild taste make it an excellent choice for any occasion. Whether you're looking for a classic vodka to drink unadulterated or a flavored vodka for a cocktail, the choice is vast and you're sure to find one that meets your expectations.