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A prince and restaurateur revisits Polish vodka’s roots with Kavka

A premium vodka created by a Polish prince has gone on sale in Australia. 

Kavka Vodka – which took out a gold medal at the 2020 Warsaw Spirits competition – is distilled and bottled by Prince Jan Felix Michal Korybut Woroniecki, who is also an acclaimed restaurateur of 20 years. He crafted the liquor in the style of Polish vodka of yesteryear when each vodka label had strong flavour characteristics – in contrast to the somewhat anonymous style of many vodkas popular today.

Woroniecki launched London restaurants Wódka and Baltic and through his career tasted “hundreds” of different blends of vodka. He found that most modern vodkas filter out much of the taste and have lost the tradition of individuality – and he hopes to spark a renaissance in the popularity of the famous Eastern European spirit.

“For a long time the vodka space has been overshadowed by innovative Gin makers and the growth in popularity of Tequila, Rum and Whiskey as drinkers look for personality in their spirits. Now it’s time to reinvigorate Vodka.”

Adapting traditional production methods popular since the 19th Century, Woroniecki used distilled fine rye and wheat spirits, and aged pot-stilled fruit spirits, blended by master distiller Urszula Wojcik to create a drink with depth, complexity and smoothness he says is rarely found in modern spirits.

The name Kavka is a creative nod to his country’s history.

“During Poland’s prohibition period in the early 20th century, Kavka was the code for getting a drink in a restaurant, so it’s a slightly cheeky name that combined my love of vodka and restaurants.”

Kavka Vodka is now stocked at Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores nationwide with an ABV of 40 per cent and an RRP of $65.

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