There are few vodkas that have a premium taste and remain within a budget-friendly price range. One of the vodkas that fit both requirements is Sobieski, popularly called Sobi.
This is a Polish vodka that is relatively new to the U.S. market as it was just released in 2007. However, Sobieski claims to be the number one vodka in Poland. Now, if people in the country known for its vodka like it, you know it has to be good and it is!
Since its launch Sobieski has released a number of flavored vodkas. Each stands up to the quality and clean taste of the brand while maintaining that affordable price we cannot resist.
The Story of Sobieski Vodka
The story of Sobieski Vodka itself is rather short but its roots are deep in the Polish heritage of vodka. The brand name is taken from King Jan III Sobieski, a 17th-century ruler who is regarded by some as "the last great King of Poland."
Making Sobieski Vodka
Sobieski has been distilled in Poland since 1864. It uses Dankowski rye from Poland's Mazowse fields as the base. The vodka's water is naturally filtered from Oligocene epoch springs.
The vodka is distilled in a continuous column still. Though the brand originally claimed a four-time distillation, they now focus on the continuous distillation and decry other brand's focus on multiple distillations.
One of the Best Cheap Vodkas Around
Poland is known for its vodka and I have tasted some very exclusive vodkas from the country. As great as those expensive brands are, I have found Sobieski to be one of the best.
This is "real vodka," a pure form of distilled spirit that is relatively tasteless while leaving your palate clean and refreshed. It does not have the heavy alcohol notes found in many of the cheaper brands.
Sobieski is not afraid to call the vodka premium, a moniker typically reserved for those in the $25-50 price range, and I think that's fitting. Just because it costs less does not mean that it should taste like it.
That makes this vodka one of my picks for a "well" vodka that can be kept in stock regularly in any bar. The additions of flavored vodkas have transformed the portfolio into one that is more versatile and can cover almost any vodka cocktail.
Sobieski Clear Vodka Tasting Notes
This base vodka has an aroma that is light and fruity, with no nauseating alcohol found in many of it price contemporaries. The taste is nice and smooth, clean and light, and virtually tasteless with the slightest hints of freshly harvested rye. It finishes with a semi-dry fruit in a very short burst that leaves the palate refreshingly clean.
This is everything you expect from a good Polish vodka and is fantastic chilled.
Sobieski Vanilia Vodka Tasting Notes
Bringing in the clean flavor of the base vodka, this natural vanilla infusion has a sweet and tantalizing fragrance filled with light vanilla and cream. The palate retains that profile but gets a little sweeter - not too much, though - backed by a rich, buttery texture. The finish is, again, slightly dry but filled with a rich, yet subtle, caramel.
Sobieski Cytron Vodka Notes
Possibly my least favorite of the three, the Cytron is, however, a very good citrus-infused vodka and great for a Cosmopolitan, Skinny Pomegranate Cocktail, and the like.
It has a crisp citrus aroma with lemon zest at the forefront that follows into the taste with a juicy freshness. This smooth vodka finishes dry with a tart abruptness.
More Sobieski Flavored Vodkas
Sobi has followed the vodka market trend and now has a seemingly endless line of flavored vodkas. As of 2016, the portfolio also includes:
- Bison Grass
- Black Cherry
- Lemon Meringue
- Toasted Coconut