Only True Blue Bison Grass In Aussie Żubrówka
after quite some kerfuffle about whether or not Australia was being expected to drink the artificial Żu, which you can read about here
The relaunched, repackaged Żubrówka Polish Vodka (left) being sold in Australia is the fair dinkum Polish model made from Bison Grass, Nick Blair of distributor Pernod-Ricard confirms.
It is not the ŻU, the artificially-flavoured artifice made especially for the USA.
"ŻU(below) is the US version developed by the owner of Żubrówka," he advises. "They changed the name in 2010 for that market. Both products are very similar, but ŻU doesn't contain some ingredients like Coumarin which is not authorized in the US. So it is a formula replicating the flavour of Bison Grass for the US. We believe that they developed ŻU in the US because or the regulatory issues resulting in the formula not being the same and also due to name issue (pronunciation of Żubrówka and a trademark issue).
"Finally, yes, the Żubrówka sold in Australia is made with Bison Grass coming from a specific region in Poland where there are actual Bisons!"
Beware the dreaded Żu, which is not "the original bison grass flavoured vodka" at all.