Infused Vodka - Herbs/Essences

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Babička Original Wormwood Vodka

From: Czech Republic Liquor Review Category: Herbs/Essences Infused Vodka

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2008
  • 2009

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The Babicka Vodka brand is owned by Arran Russell and Alex Clarke of Sydney, Australia but the vodka itself is entirely produced in the Czeck Republic. Pronounce the name "bah-bitch-ka". As best we're able to determine, Russell and Clarke are independent producers. According to Diffor's Guide, the vodka is produced at Starorenza Distilleries of the Czeck Republic.

This vodka is described as a "witch's brew" with the "curative properties" of wormwood. Perfect for Halloween celebrations. Their website states "babrickas" is a term for wise, older women with witch-powers. The master distiller claims descent from distillers as far back as 1518 and has "experimented with centuries old wormwood recipes" to provide the vodka that is on the market today.

The Babicka Vodka itself is made from wormwood (giving it an absinthe or anise like quality). The handpicked blossoms are dried (hung upside down), the thujone extracted, and in the voda imparting the "distinctive boquet" and "unique digstive properies." Babicka is made with 100% Moravian corn.

Update: we have been told that there is some disagreement over the translation of the word "babricka," which the marketing website maintains as "wise old women" and implying lots of magic but other readers insisting it means simply "grandmother" in the familiar, diminutive form. Personally, we prefer our vodka from a sensual witch rather than our grandmother!

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