Sobieski Vodka Review

Sobieski Vodka
Sobieski Vodka

There’s a lot of debate over where vodka originated. Both Russia and Poland lay claim to being the homeland for the spirit and neither can definitively back up that claim.  While Sobieski Vodka isn’t Poland’s oldest vodka (Polish vodka dates back to the middle ages), it does date back to 1864.

Sobieski Vodka (80 proof – $13.99) is made from 100% pure Dankowski Rye grain and the nose really reflects it.  There’s a slight hint of lemon riding on an wave of spice.  The entry is bold for a vodka, with a three part symhony of flavor: lemon on the top note, sweet vanilla in the middle, and spicy rye grain underneath.  The mouth feel of the Sobieski is really nice, balancing a nice cool and soft entry with a much drier and sharp finish.  The finish is very nice, cool and dry, without being overly dry, and with the slightest hint of sugar.

One of the things we love about Sobieski is the way it delivers its flavors; with slightly sweet mid notes, citrus top notes and grain undertones, there’s a lot in this vodka to work with. Sobieski shines well in the proverbial vodka soda, is good straight up or chilled, and works very well in a martini. Even at 80 proof, Sobieski is strong enough to not completely disappear in drinks.

Sobieski Vodka – We’ve made our way through a lot of vodka lately and the Sobieski is a notable stand out. Given the quality level and complexity in this vodka, and the fact that it priced well under $15, there’s a lot to get excited about it in this vodka. Sobieski might have Bruce Willis taking it up, but the spirit does a fantastic job of speaking for itself.  Sobieski is yet another great vodka that often gets mistakenly overlooked.  We’re a big fan and and give it Very Highly Recommended

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+Geoff Kleinman, is the founder, and managing editor of He is a nationally recognized spirits columnist and staff reviewer for Whisky Advocate Magazine. Geoff's work has appeared in dozens of major magazines including Playboy Magazine, Black Book, and Mixology Magazine. He is a current sitting judge for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the founder of the Society of Modern Journalists, holds BAR certification from the Beverage Alcohol Resource Group, is a Certified Cognac Educator, and a Kentucky Colonel