Review: Orzel Vodka

Review: Orzel Vodka

Like Russian Standard Imperia before it, Orzel is an old vodka brand which is invading America, with a huge marketing push targeted at the glossy magazines. I can’t turn a page without seeing another ad for Orzel, and I finally nabbed a bottle to give it a try.

Orzel tastes old. It’s old school vodka straight outta Polska, distilled from wheat, and featuring one of those scary birds molded into the gothic bottle. Like Imperia, Orzel is daunting, and not just because it has a Z in the name.

The flavor is a somewhat pleasant surprise. There’s a good burn on this vodka, as expected, lots of heat that burns your nostrils when you take a whiff, but the spirit is surprisingly smooth on the tongue, at least compared to the nose. Medicinal, to be sure, but with lemony notes and poppy black pepper. Pleasant, with a sharp, quick, and dry finish.

Pricey, but worth a taste.

80 proof.

B / $35 

Orzel Vodka




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Antonio Martinez on August 21, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I tried this vodka for the first time this weekend at a bar in NYC and loved it. I’m normally a Goose guy I can’t wait to find a place in the city that sells Orzel by the bottle. It will be my vodka of choice from now on.


  2. Ina on September 11, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I love this vodka. I’ve been telling everyone about it since I first tried. I really hope this eagle soars high!

  3. shannon on December 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    which bar may I ask? I work for the brand. email me @ [email protected]

  4. shannon on December 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    where did yo u try it??

  5. Christopher Null on December 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    shannon: At my house.

  6. Matt on March 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I have owned a very popular bar in South Florida for years and found out about Orzel through my Southern rep. Orzel is very clean and crisp and it goes down smoothly without a burn. My girlfriend who never really liked vodka before even loves it. We mixed it with Champagne and rasberry liquor on New Years at the bar and it was a huge hit and we get people asking for it all the time now. I got the recipe from their website… I emailed their marketing dept for more info and they said they are about to debut a new really cool interactive website with games later this month. I joined their facebook group to stay tuned for when their new site goes live so I can keep my patrons excited about Orzel. Great Vodka!

  7. Samantha on June 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    A friend recommended Orvel Vodka a couple of weeks ago and posted a link to their youtube page on my facebook. I finally got a chance to try it, and I must say it is much better than my usual pick of Absolut or Belvedere. It goes down smooth and is sold for a reasonable price. Check out their youtube page at, they have some cool videos posted! An interesting feature on their home page gives you the option to search where you can buy the vodka and what bars/restaurants are promoting it.

  8. Tristan Bradford on September 5, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I tried Orzel Vodka at a Tasting in Destin FL’s Wine World and it blew my MIND! Exceptional and undiscovered… I love it!

  9. joanna on December 21, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I used to work as a bartender in a south beach bar and they bring this new vodka, I try it and fall in love with it. is great taste, also dosent burn and is true u feel it tru your nose is a plesant feeling. I do my drinks with it, but not all the places have it, is true.

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