Toruńska

Torunska

The Polish brand of Toruńska offers to you today an inspired story on Nicolaus Capernicus, the famed astronomer from Torun. It’s known that Capernicus molded himself to become such a widely known name in this world, using his success in science and art to achieve.

Toruńska too looks at this legacy, using Capernicus’ hometown as the base for its production of a 130 year old tradition. Interestingly enough, the brand has been around since 1884 and is still independent, yet is not known outside of its borders until this year, which could make it one of Poland’s best kept secrets.

Using water from nearby Cretaceous-era deposits, it becomes part of a unique rectification process that includes distillation at 180°  and a 4-stage filtration.

But how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Toruńska – 40%

A clean, fresh nose with little aroma. A creamy texture on the palate, with a soft anise scent coming through, followed by earthy notes with oak and grain. A lingering, bold finish.

A good vodka to sip, with a good bold flavour profile which would work well for a classic Vodka Martini perhaps. No official serves have been recommended, but it’s a versatile liquid, housed in a traditional Polish look of a bottle.

Poland’s best kept secret? Pick up a bottle and see what you think.

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U’Luvka

U'Luvka

There’s a couple of brands that I’ve seen plenty of, yet just never got around to tasting and experiencing. One such brand that eluded my taste buds had a rather prominent display for a year or two in retailers, then seemed to drop off the radar a little. Now though, It has been re-launched, securing a new UK distribution with Love Drinks (the guys behind El Dorado, Hayman’s and Gosling’s) and kicking off back in July. U’Luvka is hopefully here to stay.

So a little about the vodka.

U’Luvka hails from Poland and its history can be traced back to the 16th century, wherein the Polish Royal Court of Sigismund III, it is said that a famous alchemist was commissioned to develop ‘a vodka of the finest purity and the most exceptional quality to be enjoyed by the Royal Court’. Said alchemist, named Sendivogius, created U’Luvka in response. Over time, the recipe was deemed to be lost, until re-discovered within ancient records and ultimately, like all inquisitive master distillers, re-created. Elzbieta Goldyka uses a base of northern Polish rye (50%) and wheat (25%) and barley (25%) to create the liquid we can enjoy today.

The distillery itself is one of the oldest in Poland, based just outside Wroclaw. Combining the base cereals, the fermentation, distillation and rectification all happen on site, with the distillation through column stills. Polish water is added, and then the liquid is filtered twice. Once that batch is complete, it is blind tasted against three other batches and the master blend by a panel of experts including Elzbieta herself. One the right batch is approved, it is then sent for bottling.

It’s not just the liquid that grabs the attention though. The bottle is a stand-out compared to most, and was inspired by the ancient alchemical distillation vessels. The bottle is said to be a physical representation of the balance between male and female, with the rounded base representing ‘female’ and the elegant neck ‘male’. The logo which adorns each bottle is an alchemical sign that combines the glyphs for spirit, soul, man and woman. When added together, you find friendship.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

U’Luvka – 40%

Fresh on the nose with hints of soft nuts and rye. A rich palate with a developing subtle spice. Creamy texture with hints of butter and a lively, fresh cereal flavour. Long finish with a bitter spice finish.

A real cracker on its own, and goes well with one of these –

Purnelle Martini
Purnelle Martini

U’Luvka Pernelle Martini

Glass – 

Martini

Ingredients –

45 ml U’Luvka Vodka
15 ml Pear Eau De Vie
30 ml The Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur
15 ml Fresh lemon juice
10 ml Gomme syrup
2 sprigs of rosemary

Method – 

Bruise one sprig of rosemary gently in a mixing glass. Add all the other ingredients into the mixing glass and shake with cubed ice. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with the other rosemary sprig.

A rather stunning vodka, and comes with a flavour profile that surprises me. A good dose of a well-rounded experience shows that not all vodkas are ‘neutral’ when it comes to taste, and it’s not just the flashy bottle that sells. U’Luvka is different, and a welcome change to the vodka market. One for your drinks cabinet for sure, and the versatility it offers in how to serve makes this a must stock item for bars and restaurants too.

 

 

Grasovka

Grasovka

Grasovka was released into the UK at the tail end of last year, capitalizing on the bison vodka market. As any brand who wishes to be a part of the vodka trend, you have to stand out as unique, otherwise you fall into oblivion and end up being part of the forgotten depths.

The category of bison grass vodka has essentially been around since the 16th century, and Grasovka uses the grass as its base. The bison grass plant itself grows in bunches within the clearings of the woods situated in the national park of Bialowieza, on the border of Poland and Belarus. It is here that wild bison thrive, ultimately a rare site in Europe. Grasovka use the bison grass plant to naturally flavour the traditional Polish vodka, meaning that no artificial colours or additives are used.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Grasovka – 40%

Light grass scents on the nose, clean and fresh, producing a long aroma. The palate is also light, but develops the flavour of the bison grass over sips. Enjoyable.

Not a bad variation at all, especially when mixed within its signature offering –

Grapplesovka
Grapplesovka

Grapplesovka 

Glass – 

Highball

Ingredients – 

50 ml Grasovka
150 ml Cloudy apple juice

Method – 

Pour Grasovka into a glass filled with ice and top up with apple juice. Garnish with an apple slice.

Simple, yet refreshing. Bison grass vodka is becoming well-known in the UK, and with names such as Grasovka mixing with the likes of Zubrowka and Davna, the category is proving to be a successful one to enjoy. Pick up a bottle this summer.

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Miodula Presidential Blend Tasting Notes

Miodula

Miodula is a Polish brand that comes under the honey liqueur category, with vodka as its base. There’s many a honey flavour out in the market at the moment, with the resurgence of bourbon based brands including Jack Daniel’s and Wild Turkey taking over more established names like Krupnik. But Miodula has come straight from Toorank Distillers in Holland with force, and looks to bring back the days of original recipes.

Its based upon a 1772 Polish recipe, and represents Poland’s answer to fine cognac. Produced from honey gathered from the mountain area of southern Poland, the honey is then blended with Polish rye vodka, distilled in the Wisla region of Poland alongside natural vanilla, herbs and Wisla mountain spring water. It is then aged in Polish oak casks for one year. Only 4000 bottles of Miodula are produced each year, with 500 of these set-aside for the Polish President to use as diplomatic gifts (hence the presidential blend name). Miodula is not only hand-bottled, but also individually numbered by hand stating the cask number and year cask and bottle were filled.

So it seems a lot of care and attention has been put into re-creating this 241 year old recipe, but how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Miodula Presidential Blend – 40%

Very sweet on the nose, with a rich aroma of both toffee and vanilla, with a long scent of honey following. Very rich on the palate too, with flavours of honey and subtle herbs blending well, and oak creating a short and dry finish.

Miodula is great on its own or over ice, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me. It is, however, recommended to be served warm – cupped within a brandy glass in your hand. If you choose to enjoy Miodula, you’ll be happy to know that is has been awarded the Teraz Polska Award for quality – the only spirit brand ever to have been awarded this highest of Polish accolades. It was awarded by the Polish President on behalf of the Polish Government and is awarded only to products of the highest quality (Toorank is one of only 70 companies ever to have received this award in Teraz Polska’s history). Miodula was also awarded a Silver Medal ‘Best in Class’ in the IWSC 2010 awards and also a Gold Medal in the The Spirits Business Vodka Masters 2010.

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Vestal

Vestal

A brand I’ve known of for a while determines itself as “Once you’ve tasted a Vestal Vodka you’ll probably never want to drink a commercial vodka again”. A rather bold statement their, but is it true?

Let’s take a look.

The Vestal Vodka Company is a father and son team, John and William. Wanting to create a vodka the traditional way, away from the commercial aspects which they say effectively ‘strips’ down the vodka until its virtually unrecognisable, they looked into how vintages and harvest of wine can create different styles for the same brand. With this knowledge, they opted to apply this to the use of potatoes and looked into the effects that the growing of potatoes has, as well as an artisinal approach to distillation. Under the guidance of distillery owner Tadeuz Dorda, they produced four different vintages from potatoes grown in different parts of Poland. With this, they understood that potato variety, terroir and the way you distill it all make a huge difference to the aroma and taste.

With this in mind then, how does Vestal, named after Vesta, the Roman Goddess of the Hearth and Purity, fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Vestal Rye Vodka, 2013 – 40%

Made from Polish grains and water from eastern Poland. Very light notes of aniseed and citrus on the nose with an instant hit of soft spice onto the palate. A blend of vanilla and pepper are present, with clean finish that lingers.

Vestal Pomorze Vodka, 2013 – 40%

Walnut and soft blueberry aromas on the nose, with a lively, rich flavour of sherbet creating a soft, short finish.

Vestal Kaszeba Vodka, 2010 – 40%

Kaszebe in northern Poland is a land of forest, lakes and small family farms where horses still work the fields and Vineta potatoes grown specially for Vestal vodka. A fresh herbal scent on the nose, with lots of vanilla also present. A creamy texture on the palate with a sweet potato, chocolate and vanilla mix that develops a slight spice on the finish.

Vestal Kaszeba Vodka, 2011 – 40%

A slight spice blending with smoke on the nose. A rich potato flavour upon the palate alongside a slight tropical fruit creating a lingering creamy sweetness.

Vestal Aged Kaszeba Vodka, 2013 – 40%

Light aromatic fruits of raspberries and apricots on the nose, with a starched potato scent coming through. A dry aromatic flavour of pepper and citrus on the palate creating a smooth, long finish.

Vestal Aged Kaszeba Vodka, 2013 – 40%

Soft potato with a slight earthy aroma on the nose. Toasted potato and slight cherry flavours are present on the palate, creating a long, smooth finish.

Vestal Podlasie Vodka, 2009 – 40%

A special small-batch vintage made from young potatoes cultivated in the Podlasie region of eastern Poland. Lots of green apple scent on the nose with a sweet yet dry flavour of spice and pear on the palate. Lingering freshness.

Vestal Amber Black Elderberry Liqueur, 2013 – 25%

Made from our Vestal vodka and the syrup of handpicked elderberry flowers. Fresh on the nose with plenty of elderberry and sweetness. Rather thick on the palate, with a gentle flavour of perfumed elderberry and hints of the potato vodka. Lingers.

The Vestal range is to be truly appreciated by “pouring a couple of fingers of Vestal Vodka into a bulbous Cognac-type glass, swirl the Vodka around and then bury your nose in the glass.” Or maybe ask your bartender to create you one of these –

Nuts About Vestal

Glass – 

Martini

Ingredients – 

40 ml Vestal Podlasie
10 ml Frangelico
20 ml Apple juice
10 ml Lemon juice
12.5 ml Orgeat Syrup

Method –

Add all the other ingredients in to Boston glass, add ice and shake. Strain in to a Frozen Martini Glass. Garnish with spiral of lemon zest.

This is a great range of vodka’s to savour and appreciate. Becoming popular in many a bar, so expect to see it grace your glass in the very near future. Or of course, pick one up for you own drinks cabinet.

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Toast The Full Moon With The Zubrowka Night Owls Summer Punch

To celebrate this month’s full moon on 25th June, Zubrowka’s UK Brand Ambassador and cocktail connoisseur Pawel Rolka has conjured up an enchanting Full Moon Summer Punch.

Night Owls Punch
Night Owls Punch

Curated to coincide with Zubrowka’s on-trade Night Owls programme, the Punch forms part of Zubrowka’s Full Moon cocktail offerings for 2013 – a collection of seasonal drinks to highlight the striking effect of the full moon on the growth of the bison grass that transforms Zubrowka into an exceptional vodka.

The full moon is expected to occur when the moon reaches the opposite side of the Earth from the sun on 25th June. To celebrate the unusual influence the full moon has on the bison grass, Pawel Rolka has created the Night Owls Punch.

Commenting on his cocktail creation, Pawel Rolka said: The Night Owls Summer Punch is ideal to drink on a summer’s evening, blending key ingredients to create a truly captivating cocktail.”

Zubrowka Night Owls Summer Punch – serves 15 people

675ml Zubrowka
150ml Benedictine
150ml Remy
225ml fresh lemon juice
450ml cloudy apple juice
Small bunch of mint leaves
Bar spoon of freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon
15 small dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
100ml of syrup
The peel of 2 oranges and 2 lemons

Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl and stir.

Stock Prestige Tasting Notes

Stock

A few years back a good friend of mine went back to her home in Poland for a few weeks. Upon her return she bought me a bottle of their premium vodka named Stock Prestige, and, as it only seems right to feature some of the lesser-known brands from around the world on this site too, I give to it’s background –

At the beginning of the last century in a small town near Kraków (now Bielsko-Biala) a brandy factory was located. After many years marked by two world wars and the harsh reality of the socialist times, it was able to go back to Polish production, and Stock decided to join forces with the Polish factory and produce liquor. From this, Stock Prestige came into being, using the combination of two ‘ingredients’ – modernity and tradition. At first sight it would appear that the vodka and the well-known brandy Stock 84 are connected by the name only, but when looked at more closely, it turns out that the entire 130-year philosophy of the brand is closed in the modern bottle. Stock Prestige retains everything that is characteristic for Stock’s products. Stock Prestige was then launched in Poland in 2007.

Using barley as its base, a six times distillation and cold-filtering process is used.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Stock Prestige – 40%

Soft on the nose with a slight butter note coming through. Sharp on the palate with a good dose of barley creating a slight spiceness to the finish. Crisp, long and becoming dry.

Great chilled, but goes well with one of these too –

Ruby
Ruby

Ruby

Glass – 

Martini

Ingredients –

60 ml Stock Prestige
15 ml Orange liqueur
15 ml Almond syrup
15 ml Freshly squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit.

Method – 

Mix all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lime and a sugar rim.

Stock Prestige is an award-winning product too. Awarded by Belgian Superior Taste Award (Gold), Monde Selection Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago (Gold) and San Francisco World Spirits Competition (Silver) and also available in cranberry & lemon flavour variants. Worth a purchase if you ever come across.

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Konik’s Tail Tasting Notes

Konik's Tail

Everyone loves a good back story. Whether it’s a distillery that covered generations of the same family, to a humble no body who had a dream, or even just a nod to an experience in some one’s lives. The most dramatic sometimes are the legends. Take Konik’s Tail for example. One glance at their website and you’ll see the mystery as a bottle is entwined within forest trees. Konik’s Tail legend is laid out for all to see –

‘Time stands still in Bialowieza, Poland’s last remaining primeval forest. So still, the snap of a twig alerts the native Konik to gather and gallop at great speed through the ancient forest. Sure footed on their time-worn path, their shimmering tails brush and blend with the silver birch, stirring up the pure air of this enchanted place.
The primeval Konik is the elusive spirit of the forest. To catch a glimpse is said to ensure a good harvest for the making of great vodka.

In times gone by Koniks were disturbed from their winter world, and harnessed to help with the harvest, gathering the precious grains selected for this most classic of vodkas …’

I don’t know about you but after reading that I’m rather intrigued about this Polish vodka.

Konik’s Tail is produced in limited quantities, nodding back to the early Polish era of traditional vodka making, by Pleurat Shabani and Master of the Cellar Bernadeta Ejsmont. The story of Mr Shabani is itself an intriguing tale. To nutshell what Pleurat is all about, he came to London in the early nineties from war-torn Croatia, stumbled into getting a job washing up in an Angus Steak House and took a night job as a bar security guard – and cruelly lost it all and became homeless. He finally worked his way back up through bars into a career in the drinks industry which led to him breaking out with his own vodka brand. He can also claim that his vodka outsold big shot rivals Grey Goose and Belvedere in the final weeks of December last year by more than 25 times in Selfridge’s. Hat’s off to you, sir.

Konik's TailA unique blend of three grains – Golden Rye, Early Winter Wheat and Ancient Spelt, is the highlight of the production process. And to keep it 100% authentic, all the grains coming to the distillery are furnished with a unique lot number so the grain can be traced back to the farmer’s field and the source of the seed. Konik’s Tail is distilled at the Polmos Bialystok distillery (also home of Zubrowka), which is situated close to the Białowieza Forest. No sugar or other additives are used to sweeten or flavour Konik’s Tail but it is filtered through silver birch charcoal. Each bottle is filled and labelled by hand and signed by Pleurat Shabani himself. The label itself features three wild Koniks that each represent one of the three grains as well as the name of the vodka.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Konik’s Tail – 40%

Soft vanilla on a clean nose, almost velvet. Developing flavour with a rich vanilla and herbal mix which produces a warm spice. Creates a very long finish with a slow mouth-watering effect. A little dry at the end but still moorish.

A fantastic tipple, best served neat or over ice. Although you may want to try one of these –

The Rhubarb Royale

Glass –

Martini

Ingredients –

30 ml Konik’s Tail
12.5 ml Velvet Falernum liqueur
2 x 20 cm sticks of raw rhubarb
Dash of lemon juice
Champagne to top up

Method –

Run small stick of raw rhubarb around the rim of the Martini glass and dip rim in sugar crystals. Place the muddled second piece of rhubarb, Konik’s Tail, Velvet Falernum and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and mix well. Strain immediately into the glass top up with the champagne (do not mix) and replace strip of rhubarb on rim as decoration.

Sounds fancy yet is actually rather simple to create. Grab yourself a bottle, or indeed order it in your local bar. London is your best bet at the moment but word is getting out around the UK that this is a must have vodka.

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Davna Tasting Notes

Davna

A country loves a secret. Whether it’s a recipe handed down for generations or a production method that has stood the test of time, its origin country will be proud to say that they can firmly stamp their name alongside that brand. One such name is Davna. A Polish vodka that created from old-time recipes and causing a stir with rival brands, especially a certain bison grass vodka. So what is Davna, and more importantly, how can I say such a thing to rival established names?

Davna’s main flavour is Bizon where its secret recipe was recently unearthed by two Polish vodka connoisseurs looking to recapture the traditional, authentic flavours of old-school Polish vodkas. The rediscovered recipe for Davna Bizon has never been released, but promises ‘to capture the clean, delicate taste of bison grass, which has been used to flavour Polish vodka for hundreds of years.’

Interesting, especially to a man who loves the traditionalism of spirits and drinks. But how does it  re-create these ‘traditional’ recipes?

The bizon grass is the favoured food of Poland’s bison which roam the last primeval forest in Europe. Picked in early summer, the bison grass, or Hierochloe Odorata grass, is harvested in early summer within the Bialowieza forest in Eastern Poland. The grass is harvested in full bloom then dried naturally. The dried grass is spread on screens and then gently heated and washed over with high strength alcohol for several days to ‘draw’ out the aromatic essence. It’s Czeri (cherry) flavour, the other in its portfolio, uses freshly hand-picked cherries from a Polish orchard in East and South Poland and then macerated for two weeks in top quality vodka. It is then rested for a full year in oak barrels before blending with natural extracts from cinnamon, almonds, cloves and vanilla. After this, it’s rested for a further seven days then filtered and bottled.

So with two flavours coming from traditional recipes, how do they fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes on each –

Davna Bizon – 40%

Soft herbs and light almonds on the nose, with the herbs coming through more dominant on the palate. A little sharp near the finish with a fresh ‘grassy’ flavour that lingers on a dry end.

Davna Czeri – 38%

Soft cherry on the nose with a slight cinnamon aroma. A slight spice hit on the palate to begin with the cherry just overpowering it as it develops. Rather short but warming.

Not bad on its own, and ones that can go simply with apple juice (Bizon) and coca cola (Czeri). Worth asking for if you ever came across it within your favourite bar, or indeed your own drinks cabinet.

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The Liquorists Belvedere Trail Review

Ever feel like having a night of luxury? A night of sophistication? Well last week Manchester showcased themselves with a brand that oozes these qualities and more with the ever elegant Belvedere and the ever knowledgeable and glamour of The Liquorists. The usual trait of five bars. five samples and five cocktails to indulge in, with a gathering sporting a mix of bloggers and consumers set the tone for a night that despite there only being the one brand on offer, an excitement rippled through as we met in The River Bar & Restaurant in The Lowry Hotel. I knew from past experience what Belvedere has to offer, but am yet to really see what it can do when mixed with cocktails and food, so when Tom Sneesby gave us a history of Belvedere, I eagerly caught the eye of the Belvedere Polish Zephyr being handed out with a base of Belvedere Pure, pink grapefruit, almond and Fever Tree tonic water that came complimented with passionfruit jelly cubes. Heaven.

To fit so much into a night, you have to experience and savour to the best of your abilities as you’re soon whisked off to the next venue which in our case was The Liquorists own #22redbank. Here, Jody Monteith was busy creating us a bartender favourite – Bloody Mary using the aptly named Belvedere Bloody Mary. An expression I rate well on its own, it was interesting to see it used in its primary use, and also in a traditional form – vodka, Tabasco, Worcester sauce, dash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Complete with celery stick, it was a smooth addition to its rather spicy self when sipped on its own. The added olives and chorizo slices completed the visit to the speakeasy style venue and we were soon whisked off to a relatively new addition to the Manchester bar scene in Kosmonaut. First ventured into on the tequila trail, I was glad to be back and also trying something new to me. Belvedere Citrus made an appearance here with a fresh nose and long, smooth offering on the palate. Perfect then for Kosmonaut’s own Amir Javaid and his trail created cocktail named the Belvedere Triangle. A mix of citrus, Briotett rhubarb liqueur, egg white, clementine juice and grenadine, it served very well with a rather unusual accompaniment, a Mr Kipling lemon slice. Genius!

Belvedere Polish Zephyr and passionfruit jelly

Driven to the other side of the city, Epernay was back into the trail loop with Belvedere Grapefruit ready and waiting with a black forest gateaux with Belvedere Grapefruit infused cream. A nod to Ernist Hemingway while we were there too as we savoured the Ayala Champagne heavy Hemingway Royale which also housed grapefruit juice and maraschino. Although not the biggest fan of grapefruit, the use in Belvedere doesn’t overpower so it resulted in a rather enjoyable tipple, especially with the nice touch of a vodka based gateaux. Last on our whirlwind tour was to be Manchester’s newest pop-up in The Ski Club.
Housed in Spinningfields, its decor, as you would imagine, resembled a ski club, complete with melted cheese fondue, meat and cheese platters and Belvedere Intense. This version in their portfolio was saved till last with its instant mouth-watering effect that seemed to last for ever. Food a plenty and a gathering that all easily got on well together made for a great ending to a night that promoted luxury, glamour and excitement.

Sound good? GET ON IT.

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