Bottles of "Mamrot" brand jabol
Bottles of "Mamrot" brand jabol

Jabol (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjabɔl]) is a slang name for a kind of cheap Polish fruit wine[1] that is made from fermented fruit and is bottled at 8% to 18% alcohol by volume. Its name seems to be derived from jabłko, the Polish word for "apple," which it is often made from. Though it is usually fruit flavoured, it can come in other flavours such as chocolate[2] or mint.[3]

It comes in a variety of containers and is sold under a variety of names.

Slang names

Apart from "jabol" or "jabcok", this beverage has amassed a variety of colourful slang names. Two that are commonly encountered are "sikacz" (a reference to the effect of alcohol on urination) and "siarkofrut" (a reference to the Bobofrut brand of children's fruit juice, as well as to the wine's taste of sulfur, a result from its low-quality production process).

History

Jabol is produced by several companies and has been drunk by generations of Poles. It is especially popular in Polish punk culture[citation needed].

Packaging and price

Jabol is sold in glass and plastic bottles[4] or cartons[5] (similar to milk or juice cartons). It is priced at about 4.50 PLN (1.60 USD)[6] for a 0.70L bottle. Sometimes a deposit is required on bottles, which is usually 20–30% of the wine price.[7]

In popular culture

See also

References

  1. ^ http://gospodarka.dziennik.pl/news/artykuly/64541,polski-jabol-rownie-dobry-jak-bordeaux.html
  2. ^ http://www.winka.net/wino/czekoladowe-mocne-223.html
  3. ^ http://www.winka.net/wino/kuler-mietowy-411.html
  4. ^ http://www.pektowin.com.pl/index.php?q=wina
  5. ^ http://www.przeglad-techniczny.pl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=201:wino-w-kartonie&catid=41:wino-dla-inzyniera&Itemid=44
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2011-07-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2011-07-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)