The gentleman who offered to help me was wearing a kilt, so the chances were good that I could find out about Polish whiskey here. They do indeed carry one label of Polish whiskey, but it was out of stock at the moment. So sorry, but would I be interested in Starka instead? Starka is a spirit that originated in the 15th century in what came to be the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the area that is now Poland, Lithuania and western Russia. Because I enjoyed this year Starka, my next step is to return to Dom Whisky and buy some Starka with more age. Does our new home, Poland, make whiskey? What is Starka? What does Starka taste like? How is Starka made?
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There is a tradition in Eastern Europe of filling barrels with vodka and burying them at the birth of a child. Our Starka begins by taking our Medoyeff Vodka at high proof and filling it in well-seasoned Oregon Pinot Noir barrels. We then age it for a year, which yields an exquisite spirit that you can enjoy without having to dig anything up in your backyard. The brandy-like character is perfect in a Sazerac or old-fashioned. Bull Run Distilling Co. All rights reserved. Powered by Sitecast. This unusual tradition inspired us to create our Medoyeff Starka. The Taste Cream with hints of toasted vanilla and fruit, finishing with subtle spice and lingering flavors of grape and vanilla. Serving Notes We recommend using our Starka to replace whiskey in classic cocktails like Sazeracs and Old Fashions, or enjoy it neat, straight from the freezer.
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Starka is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented rye mash. Traditionally Starka is made from natural up to 2 distillations , no rectification rye spirit and aged in oak barrels with small additions of linden -tree and apple-tree leaves. The methods of production are similar to those used in making whisky. Sold in various grades, the most notable difference between them is the length of the aging period, varying from 3 to over 50 years, and the natural colour which is obtained from the reaction between the alcohol and the oak barrel, not from the additives. Starka was known in Poland and Lithuania at least since the 15th century, later in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth , and by the 17th century became one of the favourite drinks of the nobility of the Commonwealth and Sarmatist culture. The barrel was then sealed with beeswax and buried, only to be dug out at the child's wedding. The name itself stems from this process of aging and in 15th century Polish meant both the vodka type and an old woman.