About Romanian Spirits

The leading sprits in Romania are fruit brandies; the most famous are made from plums, while others are made from different fruits or grain. These are clear with alcohols ranging from 28-60%. The most famous fruit brandy in the country is a plum brandy known as Tuica; while there are numerous home made versions that are a bit rough, the best examples are double distilled and have more aromatics, as well as being much smoother. Served at weddings and other celebratory affairs, it is served before meals and sipped cold.

Palinca is another Romanian spirit that is somewhat similar; these are blends of several fruits (raspberries, cherries). These are served in the same manner as Tuica. There is also a small quantity of herbal liqueurs and congnac-style brandies, made from grape skins.
Top Picks for Romania
Clear color. Delicate aromas of sweet cream, citrus scone, and nut brittle with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long honeycomb and pepper finish. A nice range of subtle flavors make this a pleasure to drink.
92 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Silver Vodka
Clear color. Faint aromas of granola, citrus cream, and delicate spice with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length fondant, tapioca, pepper, and chalk finish. A clean, precise, and delicious vodka that is sure to please.
92 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Blue Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of toasted whole nuts and baked parchment with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, swift whipped cream, roasted grain, pepper, and soil finish. A sturdy vodka for mixing.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab