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Oct 15, 2011 05:26 PM

Buy slivovitz online?

Anyone knows any good place to buy plum brandy online?

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    1. This depends completely upon where you live.

      I presume you here in the US. If shipping wine across state lines is problematic (at best), the laws covering the shipment of spirits can be even more difficult. As with wine, it is ALWAYS illegal to ship using the US Postal Service. Some states will permit shipments; some states will not. Some states will permit shipping *within* the state, but not across state lines. You can ship into some states, not others . . . and on and on and on.

      Beverages, and more! -- see -- carries six (6) different versions, and will ship to some locations. They have, in alphabetical order, Badel (Croatia), Jelínek (Czech Republic), Luxardo (Italy), Manastir (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Maraska (Croatia), and Navip (Serbia).

      Hi-Time -- -- has 10 different kinds.

      The list goes on . . . .


      17 Replies
      1. re: zin1953

        Thank you, guys. Is it worth buying? Have you tasted it? People say it has excellent taste, especially European. I can't make up my mind: to buy it or not!

        1. re: ahaa

          It tastes like jet fuel to the uninitiated.

          1. re: ferret

            LOL. Concise, and accurate, description.

            1. re: ferret

              Why do you, ferret, say it tastes like jet fuel to the uninitiated? Is there something I should know before I taste it? Is it its strongness or widely praised fruit aroma? What is it best known for?

              1. re: ahaa

                Are you asking about a different kind of slivovitz than the one you discussed previously at and ? If you like it, drink it and don't worry what other people think of it.

                1. re: Chris VR

                  :-) I just wanted to hear other people's opinions. Do you like it, Chris VR?

                2. re: ahaa

                  It can be very, very harsh on the palate. There are any number of brands out there, and while I've never had one that was "mild" they can range from harsh to caustic. My Eastern European dad was never without a bottle in his liquor cabinet and his friends would throw back shots whenever they visited. I also had some Serbian buddies back in my college days and they loved their slivovitz, but even the thought of it now burns a hole in my esophagus.

              2. re: ahaa

                Try Trimbach's Mirabelle instead--it's plum brandy from Alsace...Excellent (I keep it in the freezer)...

                1. re: penthouse pup

                  I, too, prefer Alsatian and/or Swiss eaux-de-vie to Slivovitz. And my grandfather *always* had Slivovitz in his house!

                  1. re: zin1953

                    Yes, grandpa's slivovitz. I feel very warm about it. I don't know why.

                    1. re: ahaa

                      I may have fond thoughts, but they are mostly about my grandfather. I would MUCH rather drink Etter or Trimbach . . .


                      1. re: zin1953

                        Thank you, guys, for this emotional approach: I associate it with the same motives as well. It does have a soul.

                  2. re: ahaa

                    I LOVE the stuff, but I also love Grappa so...

                    That said, to my 2 generations removed eastern european palate, the stuff really does have soul!

                    1. re: ahaa

                      I just came back froma trip to Germany and Prague, and fell head over heels for slivovitz. It's part lighter fluid, part beautifully plummy goodness, and it varies a lot from brand to brand, although i don't know which ones the good ones are.

                      1. re: EWSflash

                        Oh, Eileen . . .

                        OK, quick definition on *my* part (that is, not legal but personal). Slivovitz -- in all its various spellings (Slivovica, Sljivovica, etc.) -- is a plum brandy from Eastern Europe. The eau-de-vie that is made from plums in France, Germany, Switzerland, and in the United States just isn't Slivovitz. It may be called Mirabelle or Zwetschgenwasser or Zibärtle or Plum Brandy or . . . or . . . or . . . but I just can't call it "Slivovitz."

                        Believe it or not, there is -- apparently -- an International Slivovitz Competition. (Who knew?!?) Here are the Gold Medal Winners for 2012:

                        BEST IN SHOW - Badel 1862 Distillery, Croatia, - Badel Sljivovica
                        AGED IN WOOD - R. Jelinek Distillery, Czech Republic, - Slivovitz 10 year aged
                        ***AGED IN GLASS - Clear Creek Distillery, Oregon, USA, - Blue Plum Brandy
                        SWEET SLIVOVITZ - Castle Spirits, New York, USA, - Spirit of Solomon Slivovitz
                        TRADITIONAL STYLE - Maraska, Croatia, - Slivovica Old Plum Brandy
                        ***QUEEN'S CHOICE - Distillerie Meyer, Alsace, France, - F. Meyer Mirabelle

                        Not that this will help, necessarily, but -- while my grandfather loved Slivovitz, I much preferred the (what I will call) "purer" taste of Mirabelle eau-de-vie. Some brands to look for, including those listed above, would include Trimbach (Alsace, France), Etter (Switzerland), and Schladerer (Germany).

                        Hope this helps, more than it confuses . . .

                        *** According to ME, these are not Slivovitz. To me, they don't taste like Slivovitz; they are much better (absent the lighter fluid aspect), but what do I know . . .

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