J.A. BACZEWSKI products, well known and valued in Europe since 1782, are gaining recognition from around the world. Not only in the thoughts and palates of consumers, but also among gourmets and critics. Year after year Baczewski products are garnering awards and distinctions at prestigious international competitions.
MONOPOLOWA in Polish means “State Monopoly” and refers to a time when only the government could legally produce alcoholic spirits. It also defines the privilege granted to the Polish nobility to exclusively produce and sell vodka in their territories.
J.A. BACZEWSKI VODKA MONOPOLOWA is an excellent, smooth and dry vodka, particularly popular in the United States and in Poland, produced in Austria in accordance with an old Polish recipe from the highest quality triple-distilled spirits, obtained from special varieties of potatoes and fresh Alpine spring water.
VODKA MONOPOLOWA has won numerous awards for its taste and quality and is consistently rated “Exceptional,” “Best Spirit,” “Best Buy” and “Best Value.” In the last decade, in head-to-head competitions against some of the world’s most recognized vodkas, VODKA MONOPOLOWA has repeatedly won Gold Medals and has been recognized as a “World Champion Vodka.”
VODKA MONOPOLOWA’S rich texture and smoothness are further enhanced when served chilled with a twist of lemon or ice cold straight from the freezer. Due to its neutral character, VODKA MONOPOLOWA is also well suited for mixed drinks.
Production of J.A. BACZEWSKI potato alcohol
For the production of J.A. BACZEWSKI alcohol we use special varieties of potatoes, those that are very high in starch content. In autumn, during and after harvest, the farmers bring the potatoes to the distillery. The potatoes are then thoroughly washed, diced and placed in steamers for cooking. It is during this stage that starch saccarification occurs. Saccarification is the breakdown of complex carbohydrates into simple sugars. When the saccarification has been nearly completed, the mash is cooled down to the fermentation temperature and then transferred to the fermentation vessels. Yeast is then added and the mixture is allowed to ferment. Normally, fermentation is concluded within 72-96 hours, and when concluded the mixture is filtered and readied for the initial distillation.
Alcohol begins to evaporate at about 173 degrees Fahrenheit, while water reaches its evaporation point at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, but not all of the alcohol captured between those two points is fit for the bottle. In a meticulous and constantly monitored process, the first fluid leaving the still, known as the “heads”, is carefully removed, revealing what is known as the “heart of the spirit”, the only portion of the distillate good enough to cross the palate. Near the end of the distillation cycle, the remaining fluid, now known as the “tails”, is diluted and carefully redirected as the process reaches completion.
The finished product is raw alcohol containing about 80% alcohol by volume (160 Proof). The raw alcohol is then transferred to the refining distillery where it is diluted and distilled in a fractional distillation column, which means that the alcohol will be distilled an additional three times. After distillation, the pure distillate, containing about 96.5% alcohol by volume (193 Proof), is stored in stainless steel tanks.
Only the “heart” of the distillate is used for VODKA MONOPOLOWA, MONOPOLOWA DRY GIN and our other products. This gives a double meaning to the expression “With All Our Heart”.