Produced using an original recipe involving the blending of different types of whisky distilled from barley malt and the grains of other cereals. It is maturing in oak barrels lends it an amber hue, which also gives it a slightly sweetish and extremely delicate flavor.
- 43 % Alc./Vol. (86 Proof)
Slightly sweet and extremely delicate flavor.
Monopolowa, originally a Polish brand, is a vodka made in Austria by Gessler. It is distilled from potatoes and is marketed under the brand name of J. A. Baczewski.
“Monopolowa” means “monopoly”, in this case referring to a privilege given to the Polish nobility class of the Szlachta, giving them exclusive rights to produce and sell vodka in their territories.
Monopolowa was produced by J. A. Baczewski until World War II. After the war, Gessler, an Austrian company, bought the license and the rights to production. In 1990, the Starogard Gdański-based branch of Polmos, a privatized offshoot of the former state-owned monopoly, started to produce several of J.A. Baczewski’s products under license from Altvater Gessler – J.A. Baczewski International (USA) Inc. However, in the late 1990s, the license was terminated and production in Poland was halted.
Monopolowa has consistently scored top marks in awards and is marketed to consumers looking for a high-quality product with a low price. It scored a 94 at the 2003 International Review of Spirits, the highest score, tying with Stolichnaya. In 2008, the independent Beverage Testing Institute gave Monopolowa a rating of 93/100, calling the vodka “exceptional”.
2023 – WORLD SPIRITS AWARD, AUSTRIA: Gold Medal.
2023 – SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION: Gold Medal
2022 – WORLD TROPHY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, Paris: Double Gold Medal.