king of the bison grass
[37,5%, flavored, sampled in Germany]
Finally, this is the legendary Żubrówka (or Zubrowka) vodka.
Remember when I tried Grasovka, the bison-grass-flavored vodka that’s so popular in Germany, and I liked the flavoring but not the vodka itself? Well this one, Grasovka’s bigger brother from Poland, was a total home-run.
Poles (still) drink Zubrowka
I had heard about it before. “Don’t bother drinking Grasovka!” my friends from Poland had told me, “we have something much better!” So I was naturally excited to try this.
But with Grasovka basically having the German market for bison-grass flavored vodka in a stranglehold, it was a bit hard to find Żubrówka at first. But find it I did, thanks to an awesome invention that has brought us limitless amounts of porn and trolling: the internet.
But what did it taste like, you ask? Well, here is my verdict: it’s fuckin A. Unlike Grasovka, this precious liquid goes down smooth like water from a mountain spring. The aftertaste is better than awesome, it is perfect.
I liked the bottle design (the bison on the label and the bison grass in the bottle), and it came at a very affordable price of about 11€ for 700ml.
the problem with ownership
This is one of the best vodka brands I have ever tried. Do yourself a favor and drink it.
But wait! Here’s an edit that I’m making in September 2020, eight years after writing the original review: Żubrówka has since changed ownership (it’s now owned by Russian Standard), and my Polish friends have been complaining. They say the taste has gotten worse.
Maybe it’s time for a new test?