Vodka - Rye

Sobieski Vodka

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    Recently Silent
    Rabble Rating
    4.6 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $11
    Proof
    80.0
    N/A

Rating Description

This spirit has received awards in the past but not recently enough to qualify for a Proof66 Rating.

Proof66 Notes

Sobieski vodka is named for Poland's King Jan Sobieski III. Their marketing prides itself on the tradition of Polish vodka production--including rye as a base, a lack of glitz, and the acknowledgment that multiple distillations are not necessarily making the product better (this is true, by the way). This vodka is made with Polish Dankowski Rye grain with water from the Oligocene springs.

As of 2009, the rights to import Sobieski seem to be held by Imperial Brands.

According to the UK Telegraph, Bruce Willis (actor) has been signed to be the spokesperson for Sobieski.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2007

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Vodka Aficionado Vodka Aficionado (15) (2014-03-15)
I just had this in a dirty martini. It was very good and a great price for what you get.
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Mickey49 Mickey49 (4) (2013-10-28)
I am not a drinker. Used to be but this was my first drink in 14 years. I bought this based on the reviews. All I can say is that it tastes like rubbing alcohol. I taste nothing "floral" or anything like that. It's just plain alcohol. That said, I had a shot and the alcohol taste thankfully goes away in short order. It's not liquid ass. It doesn't burn much at all. It mixes well with grapefruit juice.
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monkeyxx monkeyxx (40) (2013-07-07)
Very neutral, but with a nice rye profile. Kinda in that spicy, floral direction. Like a weaker version of Tanqueray Sterling, sort of. Great glass bottle. Not head and shoulders above other strong bottom shelf contenders, in my opinion, but, very nice!
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Dakota Dakota (136) (2013-05-22)
Excellent! Best value in Vodka and my all-time favorite.
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Quetzal Quetzal (85) (2013-04-30)
I am admittedly not a vodka drinker, and don't quite know how to review it. That being said, this is the only vodka I keep around. A clean nose with a touch of rye and alcohol (but not in an unpleasant, industrial solvent sort of way). Very smooth and semi-oily. There may be more expensive vodkas out there that are marginally better, but I rarely drink the stuff anyway, so why bother? Great value at $13 in my area and overall very respectable.
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bitgod bitgod (1) (2012-08-28)
I only tried it because of the reviews here and I gotta admit, for the price, it's a decent vodka.  The best of the cheap stuff.
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caffey12 caffey12 (1) (2012-05-08)
I party a lot. all my frat bros loved this. very crisp and smooth vodka. great taste and enjoyed the after taste. finished the bottle in 10 mins. I had some help though.
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LiquorBox21X LiquorBox21X (25) (2012-03-27)
This is one of the best values in liquor!  Smooth and delicious! Available in 50ml samplers.
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ReligionSucketh ReligionSucketh (17) (2011-12-17)
This is $12 a fifth where I work, putting it just above Taaka and other bottom shelf vodkas in price, but don't let that fool you. I've compared this against several big name "premium" vodkas in blind tastings and this wins everytime, whether straight or mixed. Premium vodka is for showing off; Sobieski is for drinking.
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dujava dujava (1) (2011-12-16)
As a newbie to vodka, my friends highly recommended Skyy. However I found the bite and alcohol smell to be too intense and displeasing, even in mixed drinks. After doing some research online, I was swayed by the favorable reviews of Sobieski - so much that I'm leaving my own review. This vodka has a slight bite to it, and there might be smoother vodkas out there - but for the price I don't know how you could beat it. It's half the price of Skyy and the quality is so much better. Highly recommended if you want to enjoy mixed drinks and are on any sort of budget. If you're young and want to explore the mysterious world of vodka, this one is a good choice.
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smash209 smash209 (2) (2011-10-28)
I would agree that it is a very good value vodka, but when put next to other vodkas even slightly more expensive such as Prairie, it looses because of the bite. Good for mixing, not for drinking straight. I also disagree that this is a better vodka than Belvedere (barring price).
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davisac davisac (3) (2011-10-25)
Smooth, great price and much better than Svedka in my opinion. 
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KenH KenH (19) (2011-10-19)
Great vodka. It's in a very small class of the best value liquor available. No other vodka comes close at the price.
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ProfessorCocktail ProfessorCocktail (49) (2011-10-01)
A smooth, elegant vodka at a very affordable price that blows away the competition at twice the money. At this point, it's the only vodka I buy. You can read the full review, and more like it, at ProfessorCocktail.com.
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meyner meyner (16) (2011-08-04)
For something that is priced at avg of $11, this is probably one of the best value drinks you can hope for in terms of vodka. Although there is a bite (like all vodka's) compared its other competitors in the same price range like smirnoff it is much smoother. Apart from straight taste, sobieski makes out for an outstanding mixing vodka as well. Next time you need to bring a value vodka to a party or a gathering choose this instead of garbage of smirnoff
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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (111) (2011-05-21)
This is a vodka of surprising quality given the league its its in. This shames Grey Goose, Belvedere, and any other vodka that retails over $20. Smooth, a hint of sweetness, just an all around quality vodka. Nice bottle design too.
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seneca2323 seneca2323 (16) (2010-11-23)
Good stuff...even better once I saw the price.
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Babydoll Babydoll (4) (2010-11-20)
Extremely smooth and enjoyable!
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monty101 monty101 (3) (2010-11-20)
This is a really top shelf vodka. Bruce Willis is the national spokesman. They sprung for a party inviting several hundred military the day before Veterans Day on board the Intrepid. If that doesn't give you a reason to give it a try check the price. By far the best value for the dollar. I was a big Rue 33 fan until I tried this, it's a rye base vs wheat but smooth on the taste buds. You can pay $60. a botle for a vodka that doesn't match up to this one. Try it you will like it!
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monty101 monty101 (3) (2010-11-20)
Forgot to mention the biggest problem with this vodka is finding it. They market Belvedere which is a distant second to this vodka, what's with that. Get the marketing department off their butts guys.
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MrMartini MrMartini (17) (2010-09-30)
My cocktail styles are more classic so I tend to deal more with brown spirits, tequila, gin and rum. I like to mix spirits with more characteristics then vodka. Thus I don't go through a lot of vodka. I'm definitely someone who doesn't drink just vodka on its own so my review is based on using Sobieski Vodka for mixing cocktails. When the time comes for me to use vodka, this is it! You cannot beat the quality at this price point. It may be cheap in price but definitely not in quality. I find it to be a very smooth vodka and perfect for mixing to let the flavor in your other ingredients take the stage.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-09-26)
An outstanding vodka for the money. Head and shoulders above the competition at its price point, and making the much more expensive vodkas look to be just that.
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Knapster123 Knapster123 (11) (2010-09-21)
OK,OK, so there is better Vodka. But not at this price! And this is pretty good stuff anyway. A little more laid back than others, but to some that is a good thing. Easy to drink neat and it does equally well as a mixer. I'm having trouble finding a reason not to buy this Vodka. It doesn't have much bite and is less uh, viscosity, than other Vodkas I have tried so it comes off as a little mellow and maybe more watery than oily going down the chute. But really this is quite minimal. Highly recommended!
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Irishman Irishman (251) (2010-09-20)
Price point + crisp, clean flavor = best vodka in it's class. Must have for every bar.
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Phizbin Phizbin (188) (2010-09-20)
I'll be honest: this is not the world's best vodka. But I've got to give it 5 stars because it's really, really, really good and at the price-point it becomes superlative. There's almost no reason whatsoever to purchase any other vodka given the value of this one.
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ChrisHolland ChrisHolland (4) (2010-09-20)
Great value...smooth!
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lexxia1 lexxia1 (20) (2010-08-21)
Believe the Hype.......this is platinum......Vodka
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