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The Poles like their vodka. No, that's not right. Let's try again. The Poles LOVE their vodka? Hmmm. No, we're still not there. Vodka is as Polish as Lancers on horseback. It's as Polish as dried sausage and smoked cheese. It's as Polish as the Poles are. And bison herb Vodka is Poland.
Zubrowka, pronounced Zu - Braf - Ka is a Polish type of vodka that's been in production since the 16th century. What may surprise many, is that Poland is the first country in which Vodka was ever mentioned. 1405. A cyrillic text in 1533 indicates that Poland introduced Vodka to Russia.
Vodka is typically thought to be made from Potato. While some are, they tend to be the absolute bottom of the market and are as rough as a badger's dangly bits. The best vodkas are made from grains, specifically rye.
The glorious taste of not very much
Zubrowka Bison Herb Vodka is made by the distributor Polmos Bialystok. While most vodkas taste of almost nothing, making them ideal chameleons to use in mixers and cocktails (and very popular with youngsters who don't like the taste of spirits!) Poles have for a long time been making flavoured vodka.
Bison herb grass vodka is precisely what it sounds like. Premium vodka flavoured by a tincture (alcoholic extract) of Hierochloe odorata, or Buffalo grass. In case this sounds particularly unappealing, some of the other common names for it are sweet grass, holy grass, manna grass, Mary's grass, seneca grass, or vanilla grass. Sounds better? Good.
Although purely decorative, an additional single blade of grass is included within the bottle. Rather than a clear fluid, this vodka has a slightly yellowed appearance. The taste, for me is superior to most clear vodkas. Being slightly sweet takes the edge off what is normally quite a sour experience. It is considered fairly normal to drink vodka heavily chilled, but this one if drunk at room temperature allows you to savor the taste and smell in a way that would be muffled otherwise.
There is an unmistakably herbal taste, not overpowering, but something that reminds you a little of shredded sage and vanilla. A tall glass of chilled apple juice, some crushed mint and a dash or two of Bison herb vodka makes for a most excellent summer drink. It also compliments ice tea. Drunk neat, there is a brief kick to it that fades quite rapidly.
The bottle it comes in is very nice. The smirnoff bottles have a mass produced feel to them like many a store's brand-own vodka. While not ostentatious, like Russian standard, the high-shouldered bottle has clean lines which helps set itself apart. The label has - d'uh - a bison on it, horns and all.
In summary, if you like Vodka, but want something a little different, go for it. If you have Polish ancestry, you should already be drinking it. At around £18 a bottle, it's not much of a gamble.
EDIT: Taken off the cyrillic lettering, as it was being corrupted.
If you've heard of zubrowka you'll have heard of it's perfect and classic pairing with apple juice. if you're going to mix zubrowka do it with apple juice (preferably cloudy apple juice) or lemonade, it's expensive sacriledge to pair it with something like coca cola.
The bottle looks great on the shelf, and the novelty (and way to tell it's authenticity) is that each bottle contains a blade of bison grass. It also has a slightly green colour. I guess this comes from the grass, which is supposed to make the vodka more mellow- I drank some and didn't feel particularly mellow, maybe I need to drink more.
The vodka is polish, so make sure you mention that to people you serve this to as it will make you sound more cultured that the average smirnoff drinker.
it is more expensive that most vodkas- if you want a cheap but good vodka then stoli is your choice, but unlike stoli this has it's own taste, so if you want to drink it neat you can, it's also very smooth and doesn't have a nasty aftertaste like cheaper vodkas- you get what you pay for.
Sometimes you need a Sixth Sense to choose the best drink for Halloween and the cold winter months. With The Fog and freezing winds you need a spirit with a bite like Dracula. Don't Look Now but if youo want a tasty drink to sink your teeth into I have just The Thing for you...Zubrowka Vodka.
This vodka is different as it contains a Blade of bison grass which gives it a hint of spice and also its slight yellow tint. Whether you are a homebody or a Hellraiser you will love this served the traditional way with apple juice which in Poland is known as Tatanka. I first Saw this vodka when staying in a Hostel in Poland and even if I do say so myself I Am Legend for introducing this to my friends. It can be drunk chilled and neat and also mixes well with traditional mixers such as orange juice or cola and is simply lovely with ginger beer which it great as you stand around the bonfire burning your guy or Wicker man. It can be drunk at anytime but I like it as an after work Friday night pick me up when it is Near Dark. It is 40% proof so drink responsibly otherwise the next morning may be Misery and make you feel in The Dead Zone.
Indeed it is so tasty that 28 Days Later you may well find yourself hunting down a new bottle. It would be a Black Christmas without a bottle so don't leave it until Friday 13th to get yours. If the Christmas shopping has left you Braindead before The Descent to the shops remember to put this on your list and put a Ring around it so you don't forget. It is the perfect Re-animator to perk you up and an ideal addition to your drinks cabinet at home or at your Cabin in the Woods. The good news it is you don't have to fly off to Poland to pick up a bottle as many major supermarkets now stock it and the Scanners show it is a very reasonable £19. If you haven't tried it take it for an Audition today.
Overall a great addition to the drinks cabinet and for me it would be a Nightmare ( on Elm Street) to not have a bottle for the Festive season.
The way to tell if you are drinking a genuine bottle of Zubrowski Bison Grass Vodka is to look for the single blade of bison grass that is in every bottle of this potent and very smooth vodka.
There is a nutty quality to this vodka, I'm not entirely sure why that is the case but it definitely has a hint of nuts in the taste and a hint of nuts in the smell as well but it is less pronounced in the smell and comes through a bit stronger on the pallet. This vodka originates from Poland so whether it has arrived on the back of the number of Polish citizens moving to the UK or just as a result of some clever marketing ploy I have no idea but the label on the vodka bottle lays claim to a long history of vodka distilling for this brand and so who am I to question it's origins.
The grass itself is meant to have a certain mellowing effect if consumed in enough quantities however the single blade of grass in the vodka bottle is just a gimmick rather than adding anything extra to the effect of the vodka itself.
This is one of the few vodka's that I can consume neat, or rather over a little ice but it is not something I really do very often instead preferring to add it to some tonic or fresh orange juice. The bottle recommends consuming it with apple juice and actually this is also very nice and surprisingly refreshing as long as it is nice and chilled. However drunk neat it does have a nice smooth feel to it. In the bottle it has a soft green tint to it.
A 70ml bottle of this vodka cost us £20 so it is not cheap compared with other brands but it is nice and worth giving a try.
Poles like their vodka - this I learnt from my two years living in the country - and there's no lack of supply to meet the demand. I've been fortunate enough (or unfortunate, in some cases) to sample a fair variety of the brands on offer, but this is the only one I make sure I keep in stock at home.
Manufactured in and around Bialystok in the north-east of Poland, Zubrowka (zhu-broof-ka) is a little different to most other vodkas. Flavoured with the grass favoured by the bison (Zubr) that live in this area, it's usually drunk with a mixer; almost always apple juice. The mixed drink is often referred to as a "szarlotka", or apple pie - and the flavour really does evoke this. Drunk neat, there's nothing too special about the vodka - it has a slightly sweeter taste than other, unflavoured varieties, although it's not the most pleasant of flavours. To get the best out of the drink, it really needs apple juice; there are so many other vodkas available if you want it neat. Pan Tadeusz is a favourite of mine, incidentally.
I was once told that each stalk of grass (there is one in every bottle) has been urinated on by the roaming Bison, giving the drink its peculiar flavour. I don't suppose this is true, sadly.
The product's fairly widely available in the UK; some supermarkets stock the vodka, and it's easily found in Polish shops - albeit much more expensively than in Poland, so it's worth stocking up if on holiday. A litre bottle costs around £9-10 there, in the region of £15-18 here. A number of bars sell the mixed drink as a "Frisky Bison".
All in all, it's an interesting drink that goes down easily - perhaps a little too much so. Poland knows its vodka, and for me, this is one of the best varieties.
Zubrowka can now be found in many independent and chain bars and pubs, but I remember first trying this many years ago when virtually no-one but the Polish and a few spirit specialists were interested in it. I was a little dubious when I first tried it at a Polish photographer's house (long story), but it became one of my favourite, if infrequent tipples.
Zubrowka bison grass vodka is a Polish specialty which includes bison grass, an aromatic herb that gives the drink it's unique flavour (more on this soon), which I paid £17.99 for my 1st ever 700ml bottle of in a specialist drinks supplier at the time. I'd found out from my Polish friend that it can sell for as little as £2 in Poland, which annoyed me greatly, but since I had no plans to go there I had to fork out for the inflated import price.
The drink is a very pale greeny yellow colour and when drunk on it's own has a very distinctive and hard to describe taste...it has a definite herbal tinge to it as well as a sweet and tasty hint of vanilla that's very unusual. The first time I drank Zubrowka however, was the Polish way mixed with apple juice. I use the same measurements I'd use for a vodka and coke, as I don't particularly like very strong cocktails. When mixed with apple juice, Zubrowka is great and has a lovely warming quality and reminds me a little of Christmas as something in the Zubrowka reacts with the juice to bring out a gentle spiced flavour I really like.
In terms of strength, the ABV of Zubrowka is a strong-spirit standard of 40%. It's available both online from specialist drinks stockists as well as in some highstreet alcohol supply shops, so isn't too hard to come by at all. If you're ever going to Poland though, it's well worth stocking up on bison grass vodka as you'll save a fortune on import taxes!
I don't drink very much these days, but there was a time when a bottle of Vodka would not have lasted very long. I don't know, but I think is simply a case of wisdom due to age. If I get drunk these days it takes me an eternity to recover so therefore I simply don't get drunk anymore.
According to Internet sources this retails at around £16 a bottle, which I suppose is average, not that I buy much Vodka anymore. If I were planning a drink then I would most probably have purchased a bottle of Smirnoff since that is my brand of choice. I was given this as a present, along with a smaller bottle to sample, hence this has not yet been opened and being that it has it's own little anorak I might just keep it that way. The quilted anorak has a fur collar and hood and is a darkish green colour, it also has the Zubrowka logo on the front of it.
I found it quite a smooth if somewhat delicate drink, which was quite appealing on it's, own. It did have a nice little warming feeling on it's way down, but I took a hint from RICHADA and sampled it with some of my ASDA apple juice. Now that was very nice and not for the first time RICHADA's advice had produced a most entertaining drink. My Polish friend from whom I was given the bottle suggested freshly made lemonade, which also sounds inviting.
I did finish the small bottle and was pleasantly surprised at both the quality and flavour. The addition of the apple juice however has made that my new preferred method of drinking this Vodka. I don't think I will be partaking of this nice coated bottle for a while, but I will most probably get round to it.
It is not a clear drink as most vodka's it has a slight green tinge to it and it has a bit of grass inserted into the bottle. Not sure what that's all about, but I don't think I'll be eating any of it when I do eventually open the bottle.
A very smooth and pleasant drink, which is much more palatable these days than the harsher Smirnoff. It is quite refreshing for it being a spirit. It is a 40% proof vodka so it is on a par strengthwise with others. I think this is my new favourite, but as I have said drinking is only for now and then nowadays.
I travelled around Eastern Europe last Summer and was in my hostel bar in Krakow playing a few games of cards with some other people staying there. The loser of the game had to drink a shot of Zubrowka. I am not very good at the old drinking games, and therefore I ended up having a few of these shots!
This is known as Zubrowka in Poland, but I can it Bison Grass Vodka, and this is how it was introduced to us by the Polish barmaid. It is a dry, herb flavoured vodka and as 40% ABV, like any decent Polish vodka.
The flavour, apparently, has tastes of woodruff, vanilla, coconut and almond - however, I have to admit, I wasn't sure I really noticed any of these!!
The vodka is flavoured with buffalo grass, which I believe is grass from the Bialowieza Forest which is partly in Poland and partly in Belarus.
I cannot find any evidence of it but apparently the bisons eat the grass and then urinate on it, before the grass is picked for the bottles!
The bison grass contains a toxic compound which is illegal in America, but not the UK.
The vodka can be served as a shot, usually to unsuspecting travellers like myself! However, the Polish generally drink it with either apple juice, to create a "Frisky Bison" or with blackcurrant juice, to create a "Black Bison".
If you ever visit Poland, give this a go. I tried the vodka from a large bottle but I bought back two miniature bottles for my brothers. This is not widely available but is easy to find on the internet or from a good alcohol selling shop!
I remember seeing Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka at an airport on the way back from a trip to Europe some years ago. It's unusual appearance of having a slight yellowish green tint in the bottle with a blade of grass floating inside attracted my attention and being rather partial to Polish vodka, I couldn't resist picking a bottle up in order to try when I got back home.
Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka was originally distilled in the thirteenth century. The Bison grass is an aromatic herb that grows in Poland and Belarus. It has in the past been used in perfume, tobacco, tea and other foods. The grass contains a high concentration of the chemical compound coumarin that is supposed to have a mood calming effect. The presence of this chemical coumarin led to the banning of Zubrówka in the USA. The single blade of grass in each bottle has become the trademark of the Zubrówka brand.
Like most Polish vodkas it is a strong concoction at 40% proof. It has a distinct flavour possessing what is often described as having a slight vanilla essence and an almond like aroma along with notes of woodruff and coconut. Most importantly as far as I'm concerned, like all good Polish and Russian vodkas, when drunk straight it is possesses that crisp, clean quality and lacks the sticky residue of a Smirnoff that clings to your mouth and gums. I like to drink Zubrówka straight with ice. It's certainly best served chilled. In Poland it is often drunk with apple juice.
Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka is not something you're likely to find in your local Tescos (but if you do let me know). At a good off- licence you should be able to pick up a 700ml bottle for around £16.
I first came across this while working my way through a vodka menu in a bar. This vodka was about half way down the menu but after lasting this vodka, I stopped trying any more and spent the rest of the night drinking this.
I like my vodka with cola and this does go well with cola, ice and lime but it is equally nice with apple juice or lemonade.
What does it taste like - that a tough one - my wife thinks it tastes like perfume and I know what she means - but I think that's doing it a dis-service - you do get a flowery, sweet taste that gives it a smoothness and does not have a sharp after taste. You could drink it neat quite easily but I do prefer a mixer with vodka.
You now find that most bars and supermarkets stock the vodka - the only problem is pronouncing the name across a busy bar - I've lost count of the amount of clueless looks I've had when ordering one at a bar!
Zubrowka - This delightful Polish vodka is filtered with Bisongrass. It is said in Poland where the Bison is a national emblem that each bisongrass placed in a bottle of Zubrowka is urinated on by a bison, fresh from the national parks of northern Poland. Well its not clear in the taste, honestly, i've no idea what bison wee tastes like but if this is it, then its lovely. Zubrowka is a wonderfully pure drink, the glass has a green label with a bison on it and is served with many mixers. Zubrowka with apple juice is my favourite short drink ever, the mix of ice cold vodka with the apple juice works wonderfully and you can drink many without feeling like heavy booze. This is a social drink, something to drink on a hot summers evening or on cold winter nights, its a chilling drink and a warming drink. It is a vodka cocktail of some calibre.
Known as :-
Bison grass vodka. (English)
Bison grass vodka has been made for centuries in the Eastern parts of Europe including Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Czechoslovakia and Russia. Earliest records mention vodka from around the 1400's. This type of infused vodka is made in the traditional way by adding a tincture of herbs and grass to the vodka and letting it infuse. The grass is found in the eastern forests of Eastern Europe whose Latin name is Hierochloe odorata. It is a sweet smelling and flavoured grass much favoured by the bison that roam these areas, hence the name bison vodka.
I first became acquainted with this vodka some 20 odd years ago and have tried both the Polish variety and the Belarusian variety. I would say that the Polish variety Zubrowka is smoother and less aggressive on the palate.
Traditionally Zubrowka can be drunk on its own and is quite acceptable to do so or mixed with Apple juice. I much prefer mine neat as the apple detracts from the smooth creamy taste of the flavour of the herby vodka.Inside the bottle there is a piece of straw like grass which adds to the colouring and flavouring of the Vodka.
The vodka is a slight very pale greenish colour. The smell is mildly herby, sweet and even with a hint of vanilla in its bouquet. Swirling the vodka around the glass you can see the alcohol content slowly dropping down the sides of the glass. There is a nice warm creamy herby taste to the vodka pleasing on the tongue but the alcohol hits the back of the throat letting you know it means business. It is not as clean tasting as some of the Scandinavian Vodkas but is certainly very moreish and can be drunk ice cold from the freezer or on ice.
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Calories (kcal) 69
Energy (kj) 288
Sodium0 mg0 mg
Alcohol 40% ABV
Price wise a 70cl bottle is about £18 and is available from some supermarkets or Polish corner shops.
Some pubs have actually started to sell it too which is good to see.
In my opinion it's a nice tasty vodka and I would recommend it as a nice change from plain vodka.
My husband really likes vodka so I thought I would buy him some Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka for Christmas one year as it looked a bit different.
This is a Polish vodka that was originally distilled in the thirteenth century. It is strong (40%), distinct and pretty different from the standard smirnoffs that most bars tend to stock. Having said that, you can now get it far more widely when you are out and about in bars and clubs.
The flavour has a strong vanilla accent. This is because Bison Grass is in fact not just a marketing brand but a type of herb that tastes a little like vanilla. It is more subtle that vanilla essence and so is different from a vanilla vodka.
I like the bottle, which is more interesting than standard vodka bottles. It has a silouette of a bison head, which makes it stand out from the rest and gives it a sense of class.
It costs about £18 a bottle. Although more than regular vodka brands, it is definitely different and worth trying. My husband loved it. I do not tend to like vodka as it is pretty dull and tasteless but I loved this Bison Grass vodka. It was really full of flavour. I would recommend it neat to start with so that you can really get to know the flavour. It also tastes great with coke and fruit juices (not at the same time!!)
Zubrowka (pronounced zhubruvka (the 2nd u should sound like a Brummy saying the first i in Birmingham) is the most stylish and unique of the Polish vodkas. With a strand of grass inside the bottle from the Bialowieza Forest (east Poland near the Belarus border where a fair amount of bison live), should you spill your shot, you are obliged to lick the strand.
Known as Bison Grass Vodka in UK, the vodka itself has a herbie and almost spicy taste to it, a drink popular with poor and rich it oozes class and quality from it but remains in the price range of average folk.
Should you be a lady or a bit of a woose or simply want to keep the alcohol flowing slowly due to working the next day the traditional Szarlotka is recommended. This is the most common way of drinking it, served chilled and with apple juice. Very tasty indeed.
Zubrowka Vodka, (which, if you want to sound Polish, needs to be pronounced "Zubrufka") is a herb flavoured vodka from a specific region of Poland. It is one of my favourite spirit. It is known in UK as the "Bison Grass Vodka" because the herb which is in it is actually the same herb that bison eats in the Bialowieza forest, which is the last forest in Europe with Bisons.
Although local people always produced this kind of vodka at home, the industrial production only started after 1st World War.
Not many people know that this vodka is not allowed in USA because it contains elements which they consider toxic.
You can buy this vodka at Tesco, and many of the Polish shops which are mushrooming in UK. You can drink it cold by its own, with a sprinkle of lemon, with a slice of orange, or in the most popular combination with apple juice. It also goes extremely well with ice cream, they recommend it with vanilla ice cream, and any kind of fruit flavoured ice cream. It normally has 40% alcohol.
Brand: Zubrowka / ABV: 40% / Country: Poland / A brand of dry herb-flavoured vodka distilled from rye.