1782-J.A.Baczewski kaiserlich und königlich Distillerie is founded in Lwów (Lemberg). Its portfolio is vast and amongst others includes: Winiak ***, Konjak, Polska Żytniówka 42, Wiśniowa 40, Pomarańczowa 40, Pomarańczowa niesłodzona 40, Souverain vodka, Żytnia Perła 45, Starka Podolska 40, Kontuszówka 56, Kminkówka 30, Monopolowa 40, Piołunówka 50 or Bernardine Imperiale. Soon, it becomes the biggest and most popular producer of various spirits and liqueurs that are known in France, Great Britain or Germany or the USA. Of all the spirits offered by the company particularly preferred are Piołunówka and Wiśniowa 40. At the time, "baczewski" became the synonym of exquisite, traditional spirit.
Products of J.A.Baczewski have won medals on the following exhibitions: 1866 - Vienna, 1867 - Paris, 1868 - Havre, 1869 -Rudolfheim, Amsterdam, Wittenberg, Altona, 1872 - Moscow, London, 1873 - London, Vienna, 1878 - Paris, 1882 - Przemyśl, 1888 - Lwów, Grand-Prix in 1900 - Paris, or 1904- Vienna. In 1918, the company was using the most modern equipment, like 3 rectification apparatus of Barbet-Pompe and Saval system-330 hectoliters/day or 5 apparatus for the sole distillation of herbs. In 1925 during the Spirits Competition held in London J.A.Baczewski won all the possible awards!
Unfortunately, the distillery was bombed in 1939 by Germans and further destroyed by Soviets.
Nowadays the price for an empty bottle of Baczewski is about 50 Euro and if the bottle is full, it may be around 5000 Euro AFAIK.
J.A.Baczewski Piołunówka recipe is believed to differ from Piołunówka of the Medieval times-apart from wormwood it should contain other valuable herbs and as most of Baczewski products it is aged prior to bottling.
The license for reviving J.A.Baczewski products was acquired by Polmos Starogard Gdański in the early 70's and that company released some of these spirits using also the same bottle shape. These were available till the early 90's when the production of these was discontinued.
After many years of searching, I have finally found J.A.Baczewski, although it is not the real deal from years 1782-1939, it happens to be the no-longer produced Piołunówka from Polmos Starogard Gdański. Together with that bottle, I can get also "Krambambuli" which traditional spirit from Gdańsk (then Danzig)-one of the most expensive vodkas of the heyday which was discontinued in the early years of the 20th century as well as "Silberwasser"-the younger, less common, hence rarer, sister of the famous "Danziger Goldwasser."
Below is the original J.A.Baczewski bottle so it can compared with the more modern bottle shape of Piołunówka by Polmos Starogard Gdański. The rest of the pics show the latter. Together with my Father we presume it might be from the years 1970-1980. First of all, that bottle shape as such was not available anymore in the 90's, moreover the label is bilingual (German-Polish). As it can be clearly seen, there is "Danziger Abs" (Wormwood from Gdańsk) as well as "Jaszczurówka Piołunowa" (Jaszczurka-lizard was an emblem of Polmos Starogard Gdański (previously the company was known under the name of H.A. Winkelhausen Wytwórnia Wódek, Likierów i Koniaków, est. 1846)), together with "Gallen Likör" meaning herbal spirit. Noteworthy is the orange colour of the label, typical of the original J.A.Baczewski Piołunówka.
Moreover, the last pics show young piołunówka and the vintage one which thanks to aging has achieved very nice and natural tint.
For further information, etc, PM. I haven't opened it yet :evill:
Edited by absinthist, 11 July 2008 - 04:00 AM.