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What Polish Spirit would you bring back to the States?


BB630 1 | 19
14 May 2011 #1
Nowadays the amount of Polish alcohol on the market (especially in Chicago and New York) is pretty large. What are some things which you cannot find in the States you would bring with you if you were travelling between the two countries?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
14 May 2011 #2
What are some things which you cannot find in the States you would bring with you if you were travelling between the two countries?

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Żubrówka in the United States

Because bison grass contains the toxic compound coumarin, which is prohibited as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration, importing of Żubrówka into the United States was banned in 1978 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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Poisonous, illegal and tasty, what's not to like? :)
OP BB630 1 | 19
14 May 2011 #3
Previously it was illegal due to coumarin (a rat poison) from the Bison Grass. However, due to the trace amounts I believe it was finally approved by the FDA and I've even seen it ordered at bars Stateside. My current idea is to bring back some Miód Pitny but I'm not sure if there isn't a better idea out there. Zubrowka is is not a terribly high end item and bringing it back would be a waste of the 1 liter cap in my opinion.
Harry
14 May 2011 #4
I've even seen it ordered at bars Stateside.

I think that you are confusing Zubrowka and ZU. As far as I know (which is pretty far, given that I know the brand ambassador and the owner of the brands) Zubrowka continues to be illegal in the USA but a reformulated version is being marketed under the name ZU. From memory the U.S. Patent Office refused to allow Zubrowka to be registered as a trademark, saying that it was a generic label.
JonnyM 11 | 2,620
14 May 2011 #5
Miod Pitny's decent enough. If you want something different, why not a bottle of Siwucha and maybe a jarzebiak? The more upscale shops ofthen sell Starka - the stuff that's been buried in a barrel for years, but that is expensive.
beckski 12 | 1,617
15 May 2011 #6
What Polish Spirit would you bring back to the States?

Nothing strong like wódka; just some good old-fashioned piwo. I'd settle for some Lech!
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
15 May 2011 #7
becksi wrote:

I'd settle for some Lech!

you can find plenty of Lech in the USA.
beckski 12 | 1,617
15 May 2011 #8
you can find plenty of Lech in the USA

Unfortunately, not in Southern California. Unless I want to pay an arm & a leg for delivery costs. Some of the Polish festivals may have it though.
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
15 May 2011 #9
yeah, california is about as un-polish as it gets.
RysiekK 6 | 38
15 May 2011 #10
I just got back from Poland... Zubrowka in PL is MUCH better than the Zubrowka in the USA! It is still illegal in the USA and the knock-off versions do not compare. In the USA you can get a bottle that will say Zubrowka on it and also one called Bison Grass Vodka. The US one's are OK but do not compare to the REAL thing.

Just my 2 zloty :)

Czesc!
OP BB630 1 | 19
16 May 2011 #11
The initial knockoffs looked neon green. The newer ones must be reformulated. As far as Starka, I've already brought some of the young one and an 18 back with me on prior occasions. Jarzebiak is a decent idea if I can find some. Will take some looking but there is a pretty decent shop nearby on Dolna here in Warsaw. I want to get some Siwucha but I've not seen it in any stores around town.
poland_
16 May 2011 #12
Can you get BECHEROVKA the Czech spirit in the USA.
OP BB630 1 | 19
18 May 2011 #13
Yeah it's about the same price in the States as it is here, maybe a dollar or two difference.


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