Product of: Poland
There are many other similar looking grasses that grow in the Bialowieza forest and they are easily mistaken for Hierochloe Odorata. However, when a blade of Hierochloe Odorata grass is pulled through thumb and finger it leaves a white powder on your thumb nail and it is only Hierochloe Odorata grass that does this.
Rye grain vodka is forced through the grass in a similar fashion to an espresso coffee machine, thus imparting the aromatic grass flavours to the vodka.
Sadly the Żubrówka that is sold in the USA is not flavoured with Hierochloe Odorata grass. It is instead flavoured with a synthetic flavouring as the grass imparts a chemical called Coumarin in the vodka which is not permitted in food products sold in America or Canada. Thus the flavour of the Żubrówka made for these markets differs considerably to the genuine Hierochloe Odorata grass product. Thankfully Coumarin is permitted in the European Union but limited to 10mg per litre.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 06/11/2019
Clear, very slight green tinge with a blade of Hierochloe Odorata grass in each bottle.
Aromatic and delicate grassy jasmine tea with light white pepper.
Herbal and grassy with hints of citrus, vanilla, lavender, tobacco and cold jasmine tea. Delicate black pepper spice.
Grassy, jasmine and vanilla notes linger.
Wonderfully aromatic. Herbal and grassy with citrus, vanilla, lavender, tobacco and cold jasmine tea.