When Lithuania united with Poland in 1569, most of its territory was densely forested and home to wolves, bears, lynx, moose, deer and bison. Winter wolf hunts were in fact common on Lithuanian landed estates until 1939. Some of this pristine environment survived to this day in the forest of Białowieza, now a World Heritage site, covering 140,000 ha of primeval forest, which straddles Poland and Bielorussia.

History: In the sixteenth century, Sigismund I Jagiełło, Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland, created a royal hunting reserve in the forests of Białowieza, thus protecting Polish bison for posterity. Tallgrass thrives in its cool and shaded meadows, hence its popular name of ‘bison’ grass. It has been used to flavour vodka by Polish and Lithuanian nobility for centuries, and in the 1920s and 1930s, our family distillery in Łancut produced a ‘bison’ vodka.

Botanicals: Its aromatic properties confer Lithuanian Tallgrass (lat. hierochloe odorata) a subtle sweet taste and a particularly fragrant aroma. In fact dried stems of tallgrass have traditionally
been used in religious ceremonies, across many cultures. Hence hierochloe odorata translates from Latin as ‘fragrant holy grass’.

Production: Today, Lithuanian Tallgrass is produced by carefully macerating dried, hand picked blades for maximum flavour. A hint of spice enhances its naturally sweet aroma. Courland Cumin is only minimally sweetened and delicately enhanced with dill and fennel seeds, as well as orange peel.

BCLD SPEC   +33798
500 ML  39% AVB
6 bottles to a case