Vodka Monopolowa – Exquisite Taste
Vodka Monopolowa is an excellent, smooth, and dry vodka, particularly popular in Poland and in the United States, produced in Austria following an old family recipe from the highest quality distilled rectified spirits obtained from special varieties of potatoes. Vodka Monopolowa has won numerous awards for its taste and quality and has been consistently rated “Exceptional”, “BestSpirit”, “BestBuy” and “BestValue”. In the last decade, in head-to-head competitions against some of the world’s most recognized vodkas, Vodka Monopolowa has repeatedly won Gold Medals and has been recognized as a “World Champion Vodka”.A prominent U.S. trade journal reported that VODKA MONOPOLOWA is “easily identifiable in blind tastings…Produced from 100 percent potato spirit, it is one of the most flavourful and interesting vodkas.” Vodka Monopolowa’s rich texture and smoothness are further enhanced when served chilled with a twist of lemon or ice cold straight from the freezer. Due to its neutral character, Vodka Monopolowa is also well suited for mixed drinks.
- Alcohol Content: 40% ABV (80 Proof)
Taste tests from the Beverage Testing Institute describe the vodka as follows: “clear, [with] mild aromas of buttercream, candied citrus peel, and anise follow through on a round, silky entry to a dryish medium body with notes of banana taffy and minerals. Finishes with a long, very smooth fade. A pristine, poised vodka for sipping neat or in martinis.” Vodka Monopolowa is suited for usage in mixed drinks of all kinds, and is sometimes served with a squeeze of lemon juice to “further enhance the flavor and texture.”
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”.
2022 – WORLD TROPHY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Gold Medal
2022 – WARSAW SPIRITS COMPETITION: Gold Medal
2022 – SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION: Gold Medal
2021 – WORLD SPIRITS AWARD AUSTRIA: Gold Medal