Bottle of Maraska Slivovitz

Maraska Sljivovica


Gold Medal - Traditional Style

Maraska has been famous for their maraschino cherries and cherry brandy for more than 500 years, and justly so. However, we're Plum enthusiasts, so we only tested their Slivovitz, ignoring half a millenium's work for the more important plum. Did you know that archeological evidence indicates that the first fermented fruit was the plum? That's right, small clay bottles, more than 12,000 years old, with barely detectable traces of plum brandy within.* Anyway, Maraska has been doing this for a long, long time.

(Maraska Slivovitz in the media)

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Maraska Slivovitz is a pure, natural brandy made by special fermentation and distillation of the finest ripe blue plums grown in the rich soil of the Adriatic Coast, the second largest plum-growing area in the world. "Sljvovica" is the common name for Croatian plum brandy from former Yugoslavia. Traditionally this spirit is double-distilled and has been famous since the Middle Ages. The fruit comes from trees never less than 20 years old and the mash is fermented for three months in large 2,000 gallon tanks. After a second distillation it is matured in specially treated 500-gallon oak casks for a minimum of 2 years.

2012 Notes: Maraska -

2006 Notes: Maraska - The invention of the Croatian Sunrise, which is Mountain Dew, Maraska, and grenadine, swept the Festival this year, resulting in a severe shortage of Maraska by early evening. Despite our best efforts, we couldn't convince people that it would be better to add maraachino cherry juice. Our 2004 opinion stands, divided. Some of us love it, some of us hate it. You've got to try it for yourself. (personally, I disagree with Jerry on this one. Of course, I usually disagree with Jerry as a matter of habit, but in this case he's just plain wrong.)

2005 Notes: Maraska is still a confusing slivovitz, and the judges had such widely divergent opinions that it finished in the middle of the pack, despite receiving high scores in several catagories.

2004 Notes: Confusion reigned at the tasting, and not just because we’d been drinking slivovitz all day. Maraska got scores all over the board. Some of us loved it, for it’s huge mouthful of plum skin bitterness, pit bite, and fruit. Others despised it, for it’s huge mouthful of plum skin bitterness and pit bite. The conclusion? Half of the judges are idiots. You’ll have to decide which half. Don’t serve this to slivovirgins, it might scare them off. The experienced slivovitz drinker will appreciate the burn.

Distiller Information
Maraska Zadar
Biogradska 64 a
23000 Zadar, Croatia

Phone: (+385) 23 208 800

US Distributor Information
Western Wine and Spirits
22162 Laguna Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Phone: 714-965-6938

*Please note that there may be some disagreement amongst archeologists as to the accuracy of these facts.