Tasting Chopin: Single-Ingredient Polish Vodkas
with Tadeusz Dorda
A quarter century ago, due to the efforts of a handful of pioneering brands, vodka, "the subtle spirit," began its ascent into the ranks of ultra-premium liquors. And Poland's Chopin Vodka was—and continues to be—a leader in that campaign. On Tuesday, May 7, at Hollywood's Lost Property Bar & Kitchen, join The Museum of the American Cocktail in welcoming Chopin Creator & CEO Tadeusz "Tad" Dorda to Los Angeles. Tad will deliver a lesson in vodka making and lead a complimentary tasting of Chopin's generous portfolio of single-ingredient vodkas, vintage-dated single distillates, and more. After the tasting, enjoy the evening's featured spirits in three MOTAC Custom Cocktails, courtesy master bartender Rhino Williams, and support The Museum of the American Cocktail!
Chopin Potato Vodka
Chopin Rye Vodka
Chopin Wheat Vodka
Chopin SINGLE Potato Distillate
Chopin SINGLE Rye Distillate
Chopin SINGLE Wheat Distillate
Chopin Family Reserve Extra Rare Young Potato Vodka
Dorda Sea Salt Caramel Liqueur
ADMISSION IS FREE WITH RSVP
ABOUT THE BRAND
Chopin is a family business that is now in its second generation. The company is proud to be 100% family-owned and have family members working in all aspects of the business—personally assuring the quality of all of its spirits. They are in the pursuit of the best spirits and extracting the best flavor. The Dorda family prides itself on small-batch production and wouldn’t have it any other way. The family is passionate about their craft and so are its employees, many having been with the company for more than 30 years.
While most vodka brands purchase bulk alcohol from large, commercial distilleries and operate primarily as bottlers and marketers, Chopin is one of the world's few vodka producers that owns a distillery and produces 100% of its alcohol from raw, hand-selected ingredients.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Tadeusz “Tad” Dorda is Creator & CEO of Podlaska Wytwórnia Wódek “Polmos” S.A., the century-old distillery in eastern Poland that produces Chopin Vodka, Poland’s premier spirit brand. At Polmos, he is responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and operations.
The popularity of premium Polish vodkas can be traced to brands Dorda initiated: Chopin and Belvedere.
Debuted in Poland in 1993, Chopin Vodka was the world’s first super-premium vodka. In 1996, Dorda introduced both Chopin and Belvedere to the American market in a joint project with Millennium Import LLC. The venture revolutionized the vodka industry, catalyzing the global luxury vodka phenomenon and advancing both brands to the top of the international spirits market.
In 2003, Dorda purchased the Chopin Vodka brand as well as its historic distillery. Chopin is the only Polish vodka owned by a Polish family. With Dorda at the helm, Chopin continues to be a pioneer within the category. It is the only vodka brand in the world to produce a range of distinctive spirits from different ingredients (potatoes, rye, and wheat), and the first to make vodka with vintages. A champion of Poland and traditional Polish distillation techniques, Dorda argues that vodka can be as complex and nuanced as other liquor categories and that vodka’s definition as a “flavorless, odorless, neutral spirit” is incorrect.
For his contributions to Polish entrepreneurship and export, the Polish president awarded Dorda with the Golden Cross of Merit, Poland’s highest civilian honor.
Dorda holds a degree in engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology and an MBA from London Business School.