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June 11, 2017

Review: Potocki Wodka

by Jeff Ellingson

Potocki Wodka, pronounce Po-toht-ski Vood-ka, is created from the highest quality rye sourced from fields around their distillery in Central Poland.  It is produced in small batches from a family recipe.  Fresh from the harvest each August the grain is milled and cooked under pressure.  Yeast is then added to start fermentation.  The mash goes through two slow distillations in a column still.  Pure distilled water is blended to reduce to 80 proof.  The unfiltered vodka is left to rest for a few days before bottling.  Potocki Wodka was first produced by Alfred Potocki who inherited the Lancut Castle Estate in 1816.  The estate included Polands second oldest distillery.  Production was stopped in 1944 due to World War 2 and then brought back in 2002 by the Potocki family.  Today Jan-Roman Potocki tastes every batch of Potocki Wodka to ensure maximum quality.  The Pilawa, a two and a half cross is the Potocki coat of arms, and is prominently featured on each bottle of Potocki Vodka.The aroma is butter cookie with a fruit preserve.  The sweet entry has  apricot kolache flavor, building to a cream and spice peak.  It fades with spicy rye and raspberry flavor.  The finish is dry with a long warm peppery sting, licorice and almond taste, and mineral texture.  While I enjoyed the flavor of Potocki Wodka, some may find the finish a little too warm and peppery to serve straight.

Made in Poland

40% Alcohol

Score: 88

Award: Silver Medal

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