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There's much more to Polish drink than just vodka! Historically mead and beer were first. Today all are important with the addition of local specialities like sliwowica (slivovitz). And there's the whole unexplored world of nalewkas!

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Introducing Polish vodka: Zubrowka


Zubrowka
is perhaps that Polish vodka which most easily wins hearts of foreigners. So many times have we witnessed someone looking with joyful disbelief at their just-emptied, first-ever glass of Zubrowka, that we know that for sure. And we think we know how to explain that effect. It's simply that Zubrowka is not just another high-quality vodka.

Polish vodka "Bison Grass" Zubrowka also has a very distinctive taste, quite different from any other vodka. Although dry, Zubrowka has a delicate herbal flavor and slightly yellowish colour, thanks to the tincture of zubrowka grass added to the distillate. The grass lends its name to the vodka.

 

Polish vodka 'Zubrowka'
Polish vodka 'Zubrowka'
 

 

But why is there a bison (or buffalo if you will) on the vodka's label? 

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Polish Nalewka

 

Everyone has heard about Polish vodka but not many people seem to know about Polish nalewka. And that is very wrong because nalewka is THE Polish speciality, very typical of the country's tradition.

What is then nalewka? Polish Nalewka is an alcoholic drink of about 40-50% alcohol by volume, which has a natural flavor, usually herbal or fruity. The flavor is derived by maceration of herbs, fruits or spices which are placed in alcohol. Other substances, e.g. sugar, honey or syrup are often used too.

Polish nalweka 'Ziolowa'
Polish nalewka 'Ziolowa'

Drinking a well-prepared nalewka is an awesome experience, comparable with tasting a good wine. 

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Polish Vodka: Wyborowa
'Wyborowa' is one of top and best known Polish vodkas. Its very name means "superb" in Polish and was coined in 19th century when the drink was first produced. 
 
A bottle of Polish Wyborowa vodka on top of Polish wooden chess set
A bottle of  Wyborowa vodka on top of Polish wooden chess set
 
 
Today's Polish vodka 'Wyborowa' benefits directly from that tradition as its formula has remained mainly unchanged through the years.
 
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Nalewka Tarninowka

When visiting Poland and the Malopolska (Lesser Poland) region there is no excuse for not travelling to Tarnow (the second largest town in Malopolska, just an hour East of Krakow). And visiting Tarnow we should not miss a very interesting nalewka made of sloeberries, called ‘Tarninowka’.
 
 
Ruby in colour and very delicate in flavor despite of "decent" content of alcohol, ‘Tarninowka’  is a great beverage for family meetings and other social events.
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Something really strong: Polish Sliwowica (Polish Slivovitz)

Sliwowica (slivovitz) has long been recognized as a top achievement of Polish alcohol-making craft. It is a strong (about 70% vol. or 140 proof) plum brandy. High-quality Polish sliwowica is pleasant to the taste and has a delicate fruity aroma, despite its strength. When you take a little sip and close your eyes, you can almost see sunny plum orchards where the drink has its beginnings.

 

Lacka slivovitz (Sliwowica Lacka)

The history of Polish sliwowica goes back to the 17th century. How is a real sliwowica made?

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