Potocki Polish Rye Vodka (750ml)
The bouquet is subtle and alluring, with distant notes of buttered popcorn and escarole broth; aeration stimulates aromas of peanut butter, rye toast and damp cobblestone. Silky palate entry is slightly sweet, concentrated and grainy; at midpalate, the flavor turns drier, lightly spiced and almost fruity (as in dried fruit). Aftertaste is long and spicy. Well crafted and quality driven.
Made from 100% Polish rye, the Potocki vodka might be the best vodka we carry. It's the cleanest, most pure form of vodka I've ever had the chance to taste and I was floored when I first did so. Jan Potocki's family has been making the vodka in Poland since 1816 (although they did have to flee when the Russians invaded) and have now revamped the brand to its former glory. I made him pour it for me four times because I wanted to make sure it was as good as my palate indicated. My Eastern European friends have always told me that great vodka should be taken neat and the Potocki needs nothing more than a glass and your free time. Quite honestly, given the purity and elegance of the spirit, it might be the best vodka I've ever had. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)