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Vodka Review: Sobieski Vodka

Sobieski Vodka Review - Initial Impressions: Sobieski Vodka is a fairly well known vodka brand that has made a name for itself on the list of bargain vodkas. Sobieski is from Poland (where they insist vodka originated) and is made from golden Dankowski Rye. The water used to make the vodka…

Review Overview

Smoothness of Shot
Smoothness in a Cocktail

Highly Recommend

When it comes to a solid brand of vodka, Sobieski knocks it out of the park. WIth the combination of sweet rye and a clean finish on the tongue, Sobieski should find a place in your cabinet at all times.

User Rating: 3.43 ( 11 votes)

Sobieski Vodka Review – Initial Impressions:

Sobieski Vodka is a fairly well known vodka brand that has made a name for itself on the list of bargain vodkas. Sobieski is from Poland (where they insist vodka originated) and is made from golden Dankowski Rye. The water used to make the vodka is crystalline water from Oligocene springs, which contributes to the silky finish of the spirit. It is continuously distilled (similar to Absolut’s constant distillation process) and what you are left with is a smooth, clear vodka.

Recently, actor Bruce Willis has been brought on to be the spokesperson for Sobieski. As part of his compensation, he is being rewarded with shares of the company, making him a minority owner. I think it’s a great move and the ads are pretty entertaining. Clever and awkwardly funny, but Bruce Willis succeeds in pushing the Sobieski name as a  vodka brand contender.

Let’s take a look at this bargain priced vodka and see how it fairs!

Sobieski Vodka Review -The Shot:

Sobieski Vodka has a bit of a sweet, almost honey-like fragrance upon the smell. It’s faint, but there’s definitely a sweet floral note to the aroma. As I took the shot, I immediately noticed how smooth it was. A lot of vodkas use spring or mountain water from various regions that have faint flavors from the minerals in these deposits. Sobieski vodka was almost completely flavorless with little to no bitterness left on the tongue.

Because the shot was so smooth and clear, I would highly recommend this for shooting or drinking straight on the rocks. Definitely one for the purists, Sobieski is a solid low cost vodka.

Sobieski Vodka Review -The Mixed Drink:

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Sobieski Vodka Review

For this Sobieski Vodka Review, I chose to make a Vodka Cran as well as Vodka Redbull. I like to keep my Vodka Mixed Drinks and Vodka Cocktails simple when doing reviews.

Sobieski does very well in a basic high ball with cranberry juice. It’s clean, clear and really gets out of the way of the juice to stand out. Because it is so flavorless, this leaves an opening for a bit more of the alcohol burn to come through the cocktail. Despite this, it still did very well.

I saw just as much benefit with mixing it with the Redbull. Yes, I did use sugar-free redbull (getting close to summer time!) but the result is still the same. Redbull as a much stronger and overpowering flavor and Sobieski does well to mix with the energy drink.

Overall, Sobieski mixed very well with nothing out of the ordinary worth mentioning.

Sobieski Vodka Review -Final Thoughts:

Sobieski Vodka is a classic cheap vodka that I’m sure many of you have heard of. Well, don’t let the low price fool you, this vodka could easily charge double for the product they are bringing to you consumers. For those looking for a vodka to have around on the weekdays for after work cocktails or if you’re just looking for something cheap to sip on, Sobieski vodka just might be the vodka for you. Cheap, smooth and clear, there’s really nothing bad to say about this brand.

Keep up the good work Bruce.

Sobieski Vodka Facts

Average Price: $10 per 750 mL
Distilled From: Dankowski Rye
Percent Alcohol: 40%
Produced By: Destylarnia Sobieski S.A.
Website: vodkasobieski.com

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  1. Fantastic vodka for the price. So clean and clear. I prefer it to Grey Goose. If I happen to overindulge it never leaves me with a hangover. The only problem I have with this excellent vodka is that the larger size comes in a plastic bottle and that’s a no go. Please Sobieski put the vodka in glass and add a couple of bucks more for the container.

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  2. Sobieski is without a doubt one of the better vodkas and an excellent value for the price. It’s not as good as some premium vodkas, but if I had to choose between Sobieski and Grey Goose, then Sobieski would win. In my opinion the following vodkas are the best (this list is only for those that know vodka and what it is supposed to be):

    #1 Purity (Sweden) $40-$50/bottle
    Definitely the best vodka hands down. Made from soft winter wheat and pot distilled 34 times. No filters are used, all this distillation makes the vodka so pure that it is not necessary. Purity is pricey, but still not as pricey as Grey Goose, which is really just a mediocre vodka with a high price and a good marketing department. This is what vodka should be (no taste, no color, no odor, just the right amount of burn with a sweet finish.

    #2 Teton Glacier (Idaho, US) $20-$30/bottle
    This potato vodka uses a four stainless steel column distillation process, after which, the vodka is filtered through charcoal. Comes very close to the quality of purity, but has a hint of alcohol in the nose, burn is a little more harsh, and the finish is less sweet.

    #3 Belvedere (Poland) $30-$40/bottle
    Consistently finishes among the top five vodkas by the beverage tasting institute (BTW, Grey Goose doesn’t even make the top 20). Almost as pure as Teton Glacier with a sweeter finish

    #4 Sobieski (Poland) $10-$15/bottle
    While there are still a few premium vodkas that may beat Sobieski. Sobieski is my everyday vodka. First, it is very reasonably priced. Unlike Purity and Teton Glacier, it can be found anywhere. In fact, I caught my 22-year old daughter and her friends drinking SKY (which BTW, is so high in methanol impurity that the nose smells like rubbing alcohol. This is also why the stuff is so harsh). When I asked, why she was drinking SKY, she said she doesn’t have very much money. I turned her on to Sobieski and told her that she can actually get a good vodka for less money than SKY.

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  3. Bruce I told you it was a great great choice some time ago! It has remained on my top shelf for sometime! Please respond to the message I sent you earlier in the month via your manufacturer. Please don’t mix my personal pleasures with business I tend to continue keeping these two hobbies separate hence I am aware of my responsibilities.

    In closing, I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

    Delightfully Signed

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  4. I have had many many vodkas over the years to me for the money Sobieski is a great value. Better than Smirnoff ranks up there with Grey Goose and Absolute half the price.

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  5. To be perfectly honest, I don’t consider myself a vodka drinker. But when I find myself needing a change from one of my traditional martinis — usually Plymouth or Gordon’s & Noilly Prat — I reach for the Sobieski I keep in the freezer. If you ask for a vodka cocktail from my bar, it’s gonna be made with Sobieski. If you insist on the high-priced swill, you better bring it yourself because Mother Brown never made such a foolish child!

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  6. The BEST vodka in this price category. They could easily slap a. $30 + price tag on it. It’s worth every cent. Grey Goose is faaaaaaar over rated. Sobieski is better.

    Super smooth. Just serve over ice.

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  7. Very smooth for the price..Puts a lot of vodkas to shame especially for the price..I dig the New Amsterdam vodka too

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  8. 1rst time buyer. Every bit as great a bite as Smirnoff or Stoli. This one’s winner!

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  9. Excellent cheap vodka, nice in-between (and better than SKYY or Smirnoff) from the horrific $10-12 vodkas and the $30 ones. No, it’s not Chopin or Grey Goose, but really good for the money. Mixes very well.

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  10. fantastic vodka, horrible bottle, the grips are so close that it slips out of hand.

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  11. Sometime last year I visited the local liquor store for a cheapish vodka run- reached for the Smirnoff. The cashier encouraged my to put the Smirnoff back and bring home Sobieski, citing that it is ‘similar’ and cheaper than Smirnoff. It’s not similar to Smirnoff at all, it’s 10 times better, and about a 1/3 cheaper.

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  12. Great review on Sobieski! I was wondering if you could do a review on Joss vodka. It is a fairly new company. They just started up in 2005 in Nebraska. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

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