Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka (Żubrówka) Review

baks-bison-grass-vodkaŻubrówka, or as we call it in the United States, Bison Grass, is a unique take on a vodka style with its origins in Poland. Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka is a triple distilled potato vodka with natural flavors and an “essence of Bison Grass.” But wait, there is more! A blade of bison grass can be found inside the vodka itself!

Bison Grass was believed to grant great powers and youthful virility centuries ago. Today, we’re celebrating a vodka that has a cool light green color, unique scents and a flavor profile that stands apart from those around it. Exactly how does it taste? Well, it wouldn’t be a valuable review if I read what the bottle says! Time to pour a glass, neat, and see what Bak’s Bison Grass vodka is all about.

The aroma of this bison grass vodka is very mild and “pretty,” a term I think best describes this vodka. There is an underlying structure of ethanol so you will understand the base ingredient is that of vodka but maintains a lightly green and vegital profile. I don’t get the scents of “grass” but a lightly green aroma that is extremely pleasing on the nose.

The initial taste attacks my tongue much like the scent, a lightly mild attack with no harsh bite or abrasive flavors.  The finish lasts for a few minutes and brings a slight hint of classic vodka-alcohol with a pronounced bitter-citrus. The finish does bring a bit of bright numbing fire, as most vodka’s will do, but when it subsides you’re left with a clean aroma and lingering citrus.

This vodka brings such a new experience to vodka tasting without being a sickly sweet infusion or faked flavorings. The aroma is gentle and polished and brings the heritage of quality vodka along for the ride. If I had to name a sipping vodka that can be enjoyed by itself with or without ice it would be Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka. Bak’s does not try to distill out the flavorings down to the raw core ethanol, they try to bring a bit more aroma and taste to this core spirit.

You can currently find Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka at retailers in California, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Washington DC for around USD $28.99 per 1-Liter bottle. Happy hunting!