Bottles of Slivovitz
One bottle to rule them all, One bottle to find them, One bottle to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
Slivovitz comes. Slivovitz goes. Distillers quit distilling. Importers stop importing. Sometimes the Feds embargo the entire shipment for obscure reasons. Distributors don't distribute. We maintain the Library to help train new judges understand what we mean when we say that it 'had a bite like the old Brand X', because we bought the last available bottles before the Feds cleared them from the shelf.
Being a Slivovitz Judge requires an excellent memory. A Master Slivovitz Judge can identify a plum brandy years after trying it once, and can do all kinds of slivoninja tricks. It takes years of dedicated sipping to turn an ISTA JourneyJudge into a Master Slivovitz Judge. To help, we maintain a comprehensive library of brands and styles of slivovitz at our headquarters, and another duplicate library at a secure facility near Duluth, Minnesota.
We have made it our mission to assemble the world's most complete collection of Slivovitz. If you know of a brand that isn't represented in the library, let us know.
2012 Notes: 2012 Notes here
2005 Notes: Slivovitz comes. Slivovitz goes. Distillers quit distilling. Importers stop importing. Distributors don't distribute. Sometimes the Feds embargo the entire shipment for obscure reasons. We have made it our mission to assemble the world's most complete collection of Slivovitz at ISTA headquarters and we maintain an extensive library of every Slivovitz we discover.
2004 Notes: Notes herewebsite of distributor