HRVATSKA STARA ŠLJIVOVICA

Heritage distillate
masterpiece in
the making

After weeks of basking in the Mediterranean sun, Bristrica plums turn deep purple, juicy and sweet. We allow them to fully ripen on trees to achieve the best taste and aroma. In high summer, when the harvest comes, we pick and select the finest fruits.

We mix the ripest, sweetest plums with specially selected yeasts and let them ferment at lower temperatures to extract the maximum aroma.

Controlled fermentation is followed by expert distillation, resulting in a distillate with typical character of our rakija.

The distillate obtains its final body, colour and taste by lengthy ageing. Initially, we let it rest in new barrels, and then in traditional Slavonian oak barrels where it ages for a minimum of 12 months.

During this time our Šljivovica develops its unique aromatic profile along with the original smooth and fruity taste.

WHAT MAKES BISTRICA PLUMS SO SPECIAL?
Šljiva
WHAT MAKES BISTRICA PLUMS SO SPECIAL?

They have been used
to make the finest
spirtis for generations

If only we could read stories written in annual rings of these plum trees.
Bistrica is a local plum variety cultivated in old traditional orchards throughtout the Mediterranean region for more than 300 years.

The quality of traditional craftsmanship has become legendary in the world.
Apart from growing in almost every homestead, Bistrica plums also proved to have a number of health benefits.

Their sweetness and rich flavour make the difference in the final product.
One way or another, you can hear the Croatian grannies passionately shouting:

A DAILY SHOT OF ŠLJIVOVICA
IS A TRUE MEDICINE!
Stabla
WHY SLAVONIAN OAK BARRELS?
Crafting
WHY SLAVONIAN OAK BARRELS?

Traditionally
crafted in Croatia.
Legendary around
the world

Oak wood from Slavonian region of Croatia is one of the three most highly regarded types of oak in the world and favoured by wine producers.

The wood is appreciated for its compact fibres, tight grain and sweet aroma, which is then imprinted in the taste of the drink.

Typically very large Slavonian oak barrels allow wines and spirits to undergo a long, slow oxidation, in the case of Šljivovica providing the subtle vanilla notes and slightly bitter bouquet paired with the amber colour of the final product.