I like spirits with a good background story. When it comes to this one it has more than that. It’s not just a story it’s more of a history lesson, tradition, and inheritance.
The general name is dedicated to Serbian war hero general Zivojin Misic who fought in WWI. Slivovitz with his name comes from ethno village Kostunici where general’s mother was born. This village is the famous tourist attraction and it offers various activities for its visitors. Besides that, they produce all sorts of food and beverages. Slivovitz that is made here is all about traditional preparation methods. Also, every barrel is kept in their cellars for years. General slivovitz is filled after four years spent in the deep dark of oak barrels.
The bottle has very interesting design representing plum from which it’s made. For the making of this specific slivovitz people of Kostunicic use two kinds of plum, Pozegaca, and Cacanka. Both plums are very rich with sugar which gives great taste and alcohol percentage to the brandy.
As any other brandy which is kept in oak barrels this one also has that nice amber color and beautiful density. Smell is quite strong and main note you’ll sense comes from the barrel. Alcohol scent won’t attack your nose too hard and you’ll be able to clearly feel plums and freshly cut grass.
Four years spent inside of the barrel is more than enough time for plums to lose their tart and release nice juicy aroma
which you will certainly feel with the first sip you take. As the liquor flows through your mouth your palate will experience pure bliss from flowery aromas and sweetness of plums. As the liquid flows deeper into your stomach you’ll get chills from the alcohol and strong craving for food. This is why General slivovitz is best served as an aperitif. If you take it with a glass of mineral water you’ll be able to sense a dose of vanilla as well.