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post #61 of 86
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Originally Posted by Gevulde Koek View Post
Uh.

Not only did vodka originate in Poland, it was originally made with potatoes. Żubrówka (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?


I am not a Vodka expert - of the alcoholic beverages I drink - Vodka is by far the least. In fact, I am primarily a Beer/Scotch/Cognac drinker. Those have real flavor and character for me. For me, Vodka is really just watered down alcohol. Yes - its great in some drinks, but would I ever sit down w a dram of vodka an sip it over an hour to relish its flavor? Never.

That said, my knowledge of Vodka is for the most part in line w the above poster. Additionally, is somewhat of a heritage thing for me. Since Im part Polish, if the taste of Vodka isnt really that important to me, why not get it form the motherland, ceteris parabis?
post #62 of 86
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Originally Posted by The Wayfarer View Post
Without a doubt Chopin and Pravda are my two favorites. No need to add mixers, just drink neat.

+5

Pravda is the best vodka I've ever tasted and the ONLY one that I've ever enjoyed on the rocks. I would unflinchingly recommend it to anyone and it also makes a great gift for lady friends.
post #63 of 86
Chopin, Belvedere, Luksusowa


Poland makes some of the best vodkas around... and If you want to do any successfully business there, you better learn to like some
post #64 of 86
What did you wear in high school? You'll have to qualify it with what decade you attended, and whether it was public, private, or religious. Kids these days dress as though they're going to a rumble or a riot.
post #65 of 86
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Originally Posted by iridium7777 View Post
and budweiser is the best selling beer in the world... rice beer must be the true beer. grain has always been considered the standard and the true recipe for vodka and not just because someone at a table told you otherwise.

i'm glad you've enjoyed the vodka on your visit to poland. i'd like to know where you got your fact that first vodka came out of poland? i won't argue with their claim to potatoe vodka -- they can keep it.

since you stayed there for a while i'm sure you picked up some language; you'll understand if poland was such a dominant maker and were selling this stuff to all of europe long before anyone else they'd have used their own name "woodka" instead of the more common russian name vodka.

I was refuting your claim that "poland was never valued for their vodka" - which simply isn't the case. And as far as grain being the "gold standard", is that why it's used in generic supermarket swill? I've had plenty of good grain-based vodkas, and plenty of potato-based, and at least from my perspective - and the majority of those who I've spoken to and have any clue what they were talking about - potato vodkas have been the superior product.

Depending on what sources you'd like to listen to and what you consider the origins of vodka, there are any number of resources at your disposal to answer your second request. Most of what I learned came from a great university seminar titled "The History of Alcohol" (yes, samples were included in every class), but even Google can give you some answers. To answer your direct definition, i.e. "the first vodka came out of Poland" - Polish exports of vodka began in the early part of the 15th century, naturally produced in the big cities of the period (i.e. Poznan, Krakow). To be fair, Russia's first export came less than a century later. This subject has literally been argued over for decades if not centuries - Poland has even taken the issue to the World Trade Court in the 70's, seeking something like the E.U.'s Protected Designation of Origin. Naturally, the issue was never resolved, and the debate rages on. Obviously.

Anyways, to answer your last question. The reason most of the world knows vodka as "vodka" and not "wódka" is simple - and in fact partially answered in my original post. Vodka became known commercially in the mainstream during the 60's and 70's largely through the mass-marketing of one brand, which still dominates the market today - Smirnoff. Smirnoff is Russian. Russians spell it "vodka". Hence, most people were introduced to the stuff as "vodka". See, you're forgetting that between Poland being the main exporter of vodka in the 19th and early 20th centuries (if not earlier), and the state of things today, Poland experienced two World Wars, one particularly devastating, and almost fifty years of Communist rule which wasn't very accommodating to a large Polish vodka export market. And so on.

Since it feels like I've already given this far more effort than is required, I'm going to spare everyone in the thread from further details. Let me leave it at this: wherever your vodka is from, drink it very cold, and very carefully.
post #66 of 86
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Originally Posted by Frrrank View Post
What did you wear in high school? You'll have to qualify it with what decade you attended, and whether it was public, private, or religious. Kids these days dress as though they're going to a rumble or a riot.

Non sequitur.
post #67 of 86
Hello... ---> PHV

Are you kidding me??? On any Vodka subject go for the real thing: STOLICHNAYA!!!
But there is the ONE exception: if you whant to be fashionable on the Design side go for ABSOLUT!!! This way you can talk about graphic design all night long...

See you...

S.A.S.F.
post #68 of 86
Ketel Kat (aka Diamond Juice) is my favorite, though for a flavored vodka I don't think anything compares to Hanger One's raspberry, which smells like summer distilled to its essence.
post #69 of 86
My apologies in advance, I didn't read the whole thread.

Ciroc is my current fave. Made in France from grapes, distilled 5 times and it doesn't get much smoother then that.
Look for it at your local bar. It's got a big purple circle on it.
post #70 of 86
Stolichnaya.
post #71 of 86
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Originally Posted by Full Canvas View Post
Рyсский Стандарт (Russian Standard)

"Original" for mixed drinks and "Imperia" for sipping.

I don't think it's imported to the U.S. It seems to be fairly well distributed throughtout Western Europe. We bring a bottle of each when we return from Minsk.

http://www.russianstandard.com/

_________


I Absolutely agree with you. Ik drink RS for about 4 years now and it's unmatched so far.
post #72 of 86
Chopin is my fav far and above anything else.
post #73 of 86
Has anyone tried Gvori? Any review I read says it's a great vodka, and only $25/handle. I picked up a fifth at BevMo for $13, and it's sitting on my shelf. I don't really drink vodka, but the girls I bring home do.

Jeff
post #74 of 86
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post
How about the 1.75L of Nikolai for 11.99? .
That's where it's at. Through a straw.
post #75 of 86
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Originally Posted by lithium180 View Post
+5

Pravda is the best vodka I've ever tasted and the ONLY one that I've ever enjoyed on the rocks. I would unflinchingly recommend it to anyone and it also makes a great gift for lady friends.

I'm quoting myself here for emphasis. If I could buy the world a drink (because it had nice legs) this just might be it.
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