Vodka - Other
Kozuba & Sons Stargus Aged Vodka
This score falls in the 93rd percentile of all spirits in the Vodka category and is an example of the very best in its class.
Z Kozuba Synowie is a Polish company first founded in 2005 by Zbigniew Kozuba and his sons Maciej and Jakub. They vision is to produce spirits without any artificial additives or colors and having all aspects of production controlled on site.
Starkus Vodka is an aged version of their classic malted rye neutral vodka. It is named for the stork (or "starkus" in Lithuania") and an homage to the 15th century Polish vodka that was stored in oak during long trade routes where it acquired color and flavor.
This is a difficult vodka to classify--it's not flavored or infused with anything but it's not exactly neutral vodka either since the aging gives it a light color and flavor. We've opted to list it as an "other vodka," which is a realm for unusual and unclassifiable vodkas.
The 2012 Beverage Testing Institute called it a "vodka for whisky fans" and recommended it on the rocks.