Zubrowka vodka has been produced since at least the 16th century and it is now mostly recognised for its Bison Grass Vodka. The words â€˜zubroukaâ€™ in Belarusian language and â€˜zubrovkaâ€™ in Russian are in fact a direct translation of bison grass, a tincture of which is used to flavour the rye distillate base. It gives the spirit its yellow-ish colour, while a blade of bison grass is traditionally placed in each bottle mostly for decorative purposes.
It is primarily served chilled, but ZubrÃ³wka vodka is often also mixed with apple juice. In Poland, this drink is known as â€˜tatankaâ€™ (American bison) or szarlotka (apple cake), while it is also apparently known in the UK as a Frisky Bison and in the US as a Polish Kiss, which are frankly amazingly named drinks. Just try and stop me from ordering a Frisky Bison if itâ€™s on a cocktail menu!
Nose: Herbal, sweet nose with a touch of rosemary, lavender too.
Palate: The palate offers up cut hay, citrus peels, a little cocoa/coffee mix. Herbal and balanced.
Finish: Long finish, ending up on grass and fresh flowers.