January 13th, a date marked on the calendar as Polish Vodka Day, pays homage to a spirit deeply rooted in Polish culture. Similar to French cognac or Scottish whisky, Polish vodka has earned its place on the list of protected geographical indications. Intriguingly, since 2013, a revised definition precisely outlines the criteria for a spirit to bear the coveted label of “Polska Wódka/Polish Vodka.”
The Rigorous Criteria Behind ‘Polska Wódka/Polish Vodka’
The definition of Polish Vodka intricately specifies the characteristics that spirits must possess to carry the protected geographical indication “Polska Wódka/Polish Vodka.”
Firstly, the production of Polish Vodka is restricted to five traditional Polish grains: wheat, rye, triticale, barley, and oats, or potatoes grown on Polish soil. Secondly, apart from the national origin of raw materials, all stages of production (excluding bottling) must take place within the borders of Poland.
Pablo Picasso: A Global Connoisseur of Polish Vodka
In the realm of famous aficionados, one notable admirer of Polish vodka was none other than the legendary Pablo Picasso. This revelation is confirmed by a famous quote attributed to the artist: “The three most astonishing things in the past half-century were the blues, cubism, and Polish vodka.”
Picasso’s appreciation for Polish vodka underlines the spirit’s international acclaim and its ability to capture the attention and admiration of creative minds across the globe. As Poland raises a glass on Polish Vodka Day, it not only celebrates a traditional and meticulously crafted beverage but also strives to assert its identity as the true home of this iconic spirit. Cheers to the essence of Polish vodka, where tradition and geographical indications intertwine in every sip.