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I was surprised to see there was no discussion at all of Zubrsinthe here, as the idea is so curious! I know its original creator is perhaps persona non grata here.

 

I tasted Zubrsinthe at the Boveresse festival in 2009 and was incredibly surprised that not only was it drinkable, but in fact rather good, almost certainly owing to its simplicity.

 

The idea was to take a blanche distillate of just wormwood and anise, and colour it with the type of aromatic grass used to flavour Zubrówka vodka.

 

Interestingly, the chemical coumarin which comes from this plant, is restricted in the US, so the versions of bison grass vodka available are sort of like the 'Absente' of bison grass vodkas, either with something else to approximate the flavour, or with some kind of process to remove the coumarin. Sound familiar? : )

 

In Poland Zubrówka is usually drunk alongside a glass of apple juice, which is on my list to try with the Zubrsinthe. Or mixed together.

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We talk about the Boggy products. Some have given them decent reviews. I just never heard of Bison grass. Add to the things I'll look for if I get sent to France again (they keep threatening, but will not live up to their threats so far, probably because I smile when they do).

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(Sorry, I wasn't trying to suggest that the discussion was because it was by Bogumil, I have seen the threads on the other Bourbonnaise absinthes here. There is also no discussion of Zubrsinthe over at Fee Verte. I was surprised Phil hadn't mentioned it here. But anyway, none of that has anything to do with the drink itself!)

 

Bison grass is sweet, and I can't quite pin down what the smell makes me think of, it's not vanilla (at least for me) as one of the names suggests:

 

Hierochloe odorata or Anthoxanthum nitens,[1] also known as sweet grass, buffalo grass, bison grass, holy grass (UK), manna grass, Mary’s grass, seneca grass, sweetgrass, or vanilla grass, is an aromatic herb which grows in northern Eurasia and in North America. It is used in herbal medicine and in the production of distilled beverages (e.g., Żubrówka, Wisent). It owes its distinctive sweet scent to the presence of coumarin.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hierochloe_odorata

 

I'm not sure where you'd Zubrsinthe in France exactly, you're more likely to bump into a bottle of Versinthe to be honest!

 

The green colour is really quite impressive:

 

absinthe-zubrsinthe-zubrowka-moy.jpg

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I find this interesting because of the lack of fennel. I can't think of many (reputable) absinthes that lack fennel.

 

I only know sweetgrass because it was used by Native Americans in my home province of Saskatchewan for healing/religious reasons. I believe we have an official tribe named the Sweetgrass Tribe.

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Send a sample to the reviewer, that is bound to get tongues wagging.

I absolutely love Bison Grass. You can buy it at many of the reputable online herb purveyors. I've macerated some in polish vodka. I've also made several batches of bison grass bitters.

 

It's actually a very common ingredient in incense as well. For a while, at the Columbia Room, they were serving a drink that featured a dried sprig of it, which was singed and was served smoldering on top of the drink. The aroma was spectacular.

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Is bison grass ever used for smudge sticks? I know I've had one that seemed to be made of some sort of grass and smelled sweetly amazing.

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Sex grease! My girlfriend and I have some of that lying around our apartment. Has an interesting smell when burned. Seemed to mellow our cats out pretty well also.

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I'd give the Zubrsinthe a try...I like the Bison Grass vodka I've had. It does have a mildly sweet flavor, and makes some great tasting cocktails.

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It truly is difficult to explain. Think about walking through a meadow that has been freshly cut, with those wonderful aromas of fresh grass, but then add in some lavender, vanilla, cotton candy, and just a hint of earth.

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I also did not know that sweetgrass was bison grass !

 

Brian, can we actually get the sage+sweetgrass package available in Whole Foods and macerate with vodka ? I only burned that stuff in my fireplace !!!

 

- Marcelo

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Yes, the FDA is not all about bison grass. That is the reason we have not considered it for commercial use. That being said wildcrafting opportunities abound for the home-based herbalist. I look forward to tasting Zubrówka.

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While visiting a favorite liquor store in Missoula, MT, we bought a bottle of Bison Grass Vodka. For whatever reason (and as Sardonix suggested), it seems the gub'mint is good with it.

 

It tastes kinda interesting. There is both a sweet and bitter component to the flavor. Very odd.

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I'll bet it's more like up, but either way, I'm sure it's way more than worth the trip.

 

Maybe someday, my lazy arse will heed my own advice. :cheers:

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For whatever reason, I always considered North "up" and South "down." You're probably right Absomphe, Ridge sits at an elevation of about 3500'. Oh, and if the two curmudgeons want an excuse, the BIG absinthe event in June is around 4500' but if that's not high enough, you can hike to the top.

 

By the way, in retrospect, the Bison Grass vodka wasn't terrible. I could imagine it serving nicely in the right cocktail but I don't know which one.

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