History of Polish Vodka

Most of Poland’s topography is low lying, with many rivers, lakes and hilly areas throughout the country. Poland’s climate is temperate with cold, wet winters and mild, rainy summers.

The earliest written records of Vodka production in Poland date from the 1400s. Originally known as okowita (from the Latin aqua vita — water of life), it was used for a variety of purposes besides beverages. The name Vodka stems from the the Polish word “woda”.

Commercial Vodka distilleries were well established by the 18th century and by the mid-19th century a thriving export trade had developed with Polish Vodkas. Nowadays high-quality Polish Vodkas are exported throughout the world.

Blue Label Vodka, the original vodka.