Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
We don't spend much time thinking about bison. They're all humps and horns and chewing their cud - not really our bag. But we just found a story about bison that involves vodka, which definitely piqued our interest. Apparently there's a certain kind of grass in Poland that makes the local bison all - for lack of a better word - horny.
And apparently, you can get your hands on this bison grass in vodka form so you can find out if it how it affects you. The following story is about a bar that serves bison grass vodka in Toronto, but you can get your own bottle of the stuff at Internet Wine & Spirits; looks like we're going to have to get our hands on a bottle.
Hameed invented the Frisky Bison after chatting with a Polish co-worker about bison grass and the reputed ardour it encourages in the great humped beasts, along with the enduring popularity of bison grass vodka among Poles.
"It makes them frisky, which is why they have lasted so long," says Hameed. I assume he's speaking of the longevity of the bison breed.
A small amount of bison grass is used in the making of the spirit — about 10 blades' worth in each bottle, he says. And like the worm in a bottle of tequila, a single, long stem of green bison grass is slipped into each bottle.
Whether the grass acts as an aphrodisiac requires more research, but when sipped neat, the vodka is quite pleasant. It has a faint back note of vanilla; a hint of anise and a rising taste of cinnamon. Which is why bison grass vodka is popular mixed with apple juice, explains Hameed. "It tastes like apple pie," he says. And indeed it does.
via Toronto Star
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 13, 2006 7:20 AM
I saw this vodka in Ithaca, NY just today 10/31/2006, but we do have one of the finer liquor stores in this part of the country. How long it will take to be in state liquor stores in other states than NY or on a wider scale who can say. My local liquor store usually has most of the newer spirits before most stores catch on. It was a few dollars more expensive than the 18 that you had quoted from IW&S. I will probably pick up a bottle of this soon and give it a try; it has been receiving some good reviews.
Don't know if it's available in regular liquor stores, but we did include a link to Internet Wine & Spirits, which is offering the stuff for about $18 per bottle. The shipping charge can be a bitch but if you do a couple bottles at a time or get some friends to chip in it might be worthwhile.
This is a great vodka. I'm from Poland - no bias though. You're right about the way they serve it in Poland - the bison grass and apple juice make for an incredibly tasty combination that ends up tasting like a liquid cinnamon apple pie. Ladies love it.
Oh, and about the allegations of "horniness" - I've never experienced it any more than when liquored up with any other booze!
Wish it was available in the US.