January 16, 2012 — Sobieski
I’ve come to call the different vodka brands vying for supremacy ”The Vodka Wars.” Each brand tries to trump the others on fancy processes, flavors, ingredients, organics, etc. It’s refreshing to see someone bring a rapier to the fight and make quick work.
Okay, that’s a bit of a muddled metaphor, but it seems to adequately describe the path that Sobieski has taken. Sobieski is a Polish vodka that retails around the $10 mark. Now, this would traditionally mean that it’s meant for the “drunks in the gutter” pile. However, if this year has taught us anything, it’s that there are some great liquors hidden behind modest prices.
Sobieski’s entire pitch is that it’s straight up good vodka. Nothing fancy. Just high-quality. We like that attitude. It doesn’t hurt that the brand has the oomph they claim they do.
Earlier this year we reviewed the Sobieski Karamel which features a similar price. It was a cheaper — and delicious — alternative to the $30+ Van Gogh Caramel. But how does the standard Sobieski compare?
Sweet, with some hints of vanilla. Clean finish.
There’s a bite up front, that dissolves quickly on the tongue.
On the Rocks:
The hints of vanilla come out out, while maintaining a low profile so that it will be a solid backup for almost any cocktail that you want full control over the flavors.