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MIÓD PITNY = MEAD / dwojniak - trojniak


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
22 Oct 2008 /  #1
The Vikings appreciated the honey wines they learn to make from the Slavonic Pomeranians, forerunners of today's Poles, and the name itslef betrays its slavonic roots (Polish miód, Muscovite myod).

Have any of you ever tried it? It ranges from a syrupy herbal-flavoured półtorak, similar in taste to a sweet vermouth, to czwórniak and even piątak (one part honey to five parts water) which can be on the dry side.
benszymanski 8 | 465  
22 Oct 2008 /  #2
yes I was given a bottle from zakopane. Very nice. At the time I looked up what "miód pitny' meant and was just as confused when I saw 'mead' as I had never heard of mead before...
Bzibzioh  
22 Oct 2008 /  #3
Oh, yes. It’s my favorite drink. Heated with some cloves and in addition to piernik (type of cake) … just heaven. I like trójniak the most. When my polish family is coming to visit me that is the only gift I want.
polishgirltx  
22 Oct 2008 /  #4
sheet heaven!... that's too sweet!....

;)
osiol 55 | 3,922  
22 Oct 2008 /  #5
I've tried English mead, but not Polish. It is very sweet. Maybe with the right accompaniment it would be very nice.
Bzibzioh  
22 Oct 2008 /  #6
Półtorak is too sweet, I agree. But trójniak is perfection.
Sasha 2 | 1,083  
22 Oct 2008 /  #7
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medovukha

Polonius, perhaps you meant "medovuha". Depending on distillation it can be from 5% to 30-40% of alcohol. I've tried the one that was about 10%... interesting taste and I wouldn't say it was alcoholic if I hadn't been told before. It's not really popular because it's more expensive than beer and only few small companies make it.

If you're interested we also have alcoholic beverage based on chren (horseradish). Called "chrenovuha". I bet Poles have something similar... :)
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
22 Oct 2008 /  #8
based on chren (horseradish). Called "chrenovuha". I bet Poles have something similar... :)

I never heard (or tasted) anything like that, but I live in central Poland, so it may exist in some other regions.

Anyway, the most interesting alcoholic beverages were those used during the 80's:
- denaturat (denatured alcohol) with skulls and crossbones on the label, some people used to filter it through bread and drink.
- woda brzozowa (an extract of birch and acorus leaves on rectified spirit) used in theory against dandruff, but also a substitute, cheap alcohol for heavy drinkers.
Sasha 2 | 1,083  
22 Oct 2008 /  #9
woda brzozowa (an extract of birch and acorus leaves on rectified spirit) used in theory against dandruff, but also a substitute, cheap alcohol for heavy drinkers

I know that in Russia they sometimes add to vodka extract of birch juice to make it "softer". :)

Yeah, I think it's more domestic drink that's mostly done by villagers. :) I've never seen it in shops here either.
MrBubbles 10 | 614  
31 Jan 2009 /  #10
Merged: What's the difference between dwojniak and trojniak

Any ideas? They are types of miod pitny. Is it to do with the strength?
McCoy 27 | 1,275  
31 Jan 2009 /  #11
dwojniak and trojniak

dwojniak: one part of water, one part of honey
trojniak: one part of honey, two parts of water
ladykangaroo - | 165  
31 Jan 2009 /  #12
Also, the more honey you add (półtorak is the best one, 2 parts of honey and one of water) the longer the barrells / bottles need to mature, up to 8-10 years. The strength is rather similar to all of them - around 10%.

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