A Polish heritage
Originally from Northern Europe, vodka initially provided a response to the fermentation problems caused by two major factors: the hard climate and the poor quality of the wine produced in the region.
Vodka was made in Poland for the first time in 1405. In Polish, Zubrowka means "bison vodka", as it contains a herb, or grass, much appreciated by this animal.
In 1928 Polski Monopol Spirytusowy founded the first spirits production centre in Bialystok.
In 1936 production was moved to Brzesc.
In 1945 production returned to Bialystok, in Bialostocka Wytwórnia Wódeck.
In 1991 Polmos was privatised.
In 1998 Polmos Bialystok SA. was created.
In 2004 Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC), an American group based in Pennsylvania and listed on the Nasdaq, took over Polmos Bialystok SA.
Since 2000, Pernod has been the distributor for France
According to tradition, a glass of Zubrowka was served to all hunters returning from the Bialowieza plains, now the world's biggest reserve for wild bison.
Zubrowka vodka is generally drunk chilled or mixed with apple juice as an aperitif. It is also much appreciated during meals, and goes perfectly with a sophisticated salmon or caviar dish.
As a digestif, vodka can be served "colonel" style, over a scoop of lemon sorbet.
The bottle is best kept in the freezer