Sobieski Vodka

I haven't posted much this week because I've been busily and happily trying out a bottle of Sobieski vodka, generously provided by their marketing people here in the U.S. Sobieski is reportedly the leading premium brand in Poland, the birthplace of vodka. Boy, if Russians only knew - but then what would they get snookered on to while (wile? e coyote?) those long bitterly cold nights away?

Sobieski is reasonably priced; no Grey Goose or Belvedere prices here. It's made from rye and spring water. The name comes from a Polish king, Jan III Sobieski, who helped push the Turks back from the gates of Vienna in the late 1600s.

OK, end of history lesson. I tried it in just about every 'simple' vodka cocktail I could think of, drinks that wouldn't just use it to kick up 5 other ingredients: on the rocks with a twist, martini, thumper (with Tuaca; this just tasted like vanilla vodka), gimlet, vodka tonic, vodka stinger (this one was simple but good), a quasi-Cosmo but with raspberry liqueur (give me the cranberry version), kamikaze (not my favorite), and black, uh, Russian? Pole?, using Starbucks coffee liqueur (next time I'll stick with Kahlua - Starbucks is too strong for this drink; just like I do with their coffees, I had to add some cream: so I guess I had a white, uh, Polish Russian).

Sobieski is very, very smooth. Although it's 40 proof, I could drink 2 or 3 drinks made with it in an evening and not be significantly worse for wear, like I might be if I'd drunk an equal number of gin drinks with 2 oz of gin in each. (I checked my bottle of Bombay Sapphire; it's 47 proof). I had an appletini evening last night, which I'll report on later this weekend. Despite 4 (or was it 5?) versions made with Sobieski over the course of 6 hours or so, I wasn't feeling any ill effects.

You should drink responsibly, only drink 5 appletinis at home, don't drink and drive, don't let your dog taste it, etc. (There, legal disclosures and finger wagging covered.)

In short, I'd buy Sobieski regularly as my go-to vodka. It's a great value and a great vodka.