Originally Posted by iridium7777
funny, poland was never valued for their vodka. polish people would always drive over to ukraine or russia and purchase vodka there. marketing goes a long way -- real vodka has no business being made from potatoes.
Not only did vodka originate in Poland, it was originally made with potatoes. ŻubrÃ³wka (bison grass vodka) is also - you guessed it - entirely Polish in origin, and in fact to this day anything that is made outside of Poland is not the genuine article. Baczewski's vodka - now known as Vodka Monopolowa, still very highly regarded though not Polish-owned - was regarded the best of the best all the way up until WW2, and was one of Poland's biggest exports to Europe, helping popularize the stuff before vodka was even a mainstream liquor. Before Smirnoff's massive marketing campaign, Polish vodka was probably the most imported vodka around Europe. Even still, Chopin, Luksusowa, Wyborowa, and Belvedere are all quality products. I'm pretty sure in the two months I stayed in Poland during my last visit a year ago, there was never any Russian or Ukrainian vodka at the table, or at the bar. I won't even get into discussing what Russians drink in Russia.
So I have to ask: what the hell are you talking about?