Zubrowka Bison Grass Polish Vodka (750ml)

SKU #1009625 90-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Superb/Highly Recommended; One of Top 50 Spirits of 2009* Smells nicely of sweet grass, paraffin, acetate and wheat crackers; aeration bolsters the aromatic impressions of the first round and adds a subtle spiciness (nutmeg?) that complements the grassy quality. Palate entry teems with zesty, spicy, medicinal and grassy flavors; midpalate flavors come off chocolaty and milky, with disparate background tastes of egg cream and green pepper.  (7/2009)

K&L Notes

At the restaurant where I worked as a student in London, the friendly Polish chef would share his bimonthly care packages from home with us waiters. Dark, sweet, homemade breads; spicy cured sausage; and a bottle of pale-gold, fragrant vodka: Zubrowka. Its color and delicate vanilla-chamomile flavor come from the blade of Bison Grass (an aromatic European botanical) infused in each bottle. Drinking late after the shift, we'd have shots from the chilled bottle to wash down our evening meal. On a rare evening off, we'd mix long glasses with cloudy pressed apple juice (known as tatanka), sometimes mixing in a citrus-infused or honey vodka, relishing the sweet cinnamon notes of the Bison Grass. Variants on this cocktail are enjoyed nightly around the bars and restaurants of London and beyond, wherever folks are sharing out their care packages and drinking to Poland. Now Zubrowka is available in California, and Tatanka is the party cocktail of choice with friends. (K&L former staffer ST) *Tatanka* 2 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka ½ oz honey-infused vodka 2 ½ oz unfiltered apple juice Serve long over ice, garnished with fresh lime

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By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2009 | Send Email
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A delicious vodka - the slight flavoring from the blade of bison grass that floats inside works to accentuate the bready and full qualities of the spirit instead of overpowering them. This is a wonderful sipping vodka (and it works perfect in vodka sours as well).
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 3009

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2009 | Send Email
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I enjoyed the London reminiscences by my colleague Susan Thornett about this wonderful vodka, and I too confess a special relationship with Zubrowka going back several decades, when I was first offered a bracing shot of this harmonic-bisonic elixir by a friendly Polish waiter in then East Berlin who, sadly trapped behind the Iron Curtain some years before Solidarnösc, desperately wanted to improve his English skills. Maybe it was the effects of the vodka, but before the evening ended I promised to "secure" him a dictionary from the West even though it was strictly against the policy of the rather coercive East German authorities at the time. Well, anyway, I succeeded, and thanks in part to Zubrowka, the Wall finally came down and democracy was finally restored to freedom-loving East Berliners. And today I'm really glad we can offer this rare vodka to our astute customers, as its singularly subtle and unique flavors of yellow straw, camomile tea and dried coconut promises to both stimulate conversation, energize the appetite and yes, liberate the spirit! Na zdrowie! (To health!)

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Alcohol Content (%): 40