Among distinguished Slovak spirits, the most favorite is plum brandy called Slivovica (pronounce as "slee-woh-weetza"), aged for 3 years in oak barrels. It is also available not aged. Another leading brandy is genuine juniper brandy called Borovicka (pronounce as "boh-roh-weetshka") with its taste similar to that of dry gin.
The quality of Slovak brandies varies from poor to excellent. The best brandies are well matured, rich in aroma, and excellent in taste. Despite their high quality, they hardly could have a distinguished personality of Cognacs and Armagnacs.
The major producers of Slovak brandy are: OLD HEROLD FERM Established in 1886 in Trencin as the yeast factory. At present, the joint-stock company focuses on producing brand spirits. MALOKARPATSKY VINARSKY PODNIK It has its headquarters in Pezinok, which is in the heart of West Slovak wine region. History of brandy producing in Pezinok is not old, it dates back to 1927.
Among the best are: Karpatske Brandy Special Made from eau-de-vie of the best wines in region. It matures for 5 years in small (300 l) oak barrels. Then the aged eaux-de-vie are blended. After blending the second maturing follows. The aged brandy has at least 8 years spent in oak wood.
Karpatske Brandy X.O. An exclusive blend of the best eaux-de-vie made from local wines. It is aged for at least 10 years. It has delicate smell with a whiff of vanilla and dried fruit, comparable to the best brandies in the world.
|Producer selection||Product selection|
|OLD HEROLD FERM||Martignac Brandy|
|Old Herold Vinjak|
|Old Herold Brandy|
|Hradne Brandy (Castle Brandy)|
|MALOKARPATSKY VINARSKY PODNIK||Zamocke Brandy (Mansion Brandy)|
|Karpatske Brandy (Carpathian Brandy)|
|Karpatske Brandy Special|
|Karpatske Brandy X.O.|
25 May 2001
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