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Tok DOO Beograd

buy_zlatna_nitThe motto of the company is:”Drink little, but quality.” One of the biggest problems the producers of the high quality products need to face a on a local market is, for sure, the price.

Every day we are bombed with the stories about the low quality of food in big stores, about the low quality of food from the fast food restaurants… Such stories make me want to leave the city, and go back to the village, where I can produce my own food. Or, do a bit more research and to figure to whom I can trust.

That’s why I trust Tok DOO, the company that produces brandy made only of fruit that grows on their own property. The entire factory is located on a family land on a mountain Goc, nearby Kraljevo. Ten different types of plum are grown there, and the specific microclimatic conditions support the growing or a high quality product.

While the idea about the founding of the company was present since the 1990, it was finally founded in 2006, after many years of preparation and hard work. During the 2007, it enters the market with its best fruit brandy, “Zlatni tok” (meaning “Golden stream”). And, the name soon proved to be well deserved, after all the golden medals it earned on many fairs and presentations.

Did you know?

“Zlatni tok” is slivovitz, and is made of the two sorts of high quality plums: crvena ranka and pozegaca, both widely spread and popular in Serbia. Fruit has to pass a long journey from the tree, to the basket, into the copper cauldron, to oak barrels in order to become high quality slivovitz.kaufen_zlatna_nit

The motto of the company is:”Drink little, but quality.” One of the biggest problems the producers of the high quality products need to face a on a local market is, for sure, the price. As the quality grows, so grows the price, it’s normal and there is no arguing with that. However, people who don’t want or simply can’t afford to spend a lot on one bottle don’t even know what they are missing. And, one bottle of high quality drink can worth a lot more than ten bottles of medium quality drink.

It is very interesting how you can order delivery online, and even ask for a name, or a message, or even a special engraving in the wooden package. It is specifically recommended for business meetings, so even the logo of the company can be engraved, no matter how it looks.

“Zlatni tok” owns its beautiful dark amber color to the oak barrel. It’s a common color for all brandies that shared a lot of time with the barrel. But, it shouldn’t stay in barrel for too long, because in that case, drink easily can turn from slivovitz to cognac, which is something we wish to avoid in this peculiar case.kaufen_gruzanska_nit

A 300€ Slivovitz

The worldwide known “Thread of Gruza” plum brandy slivovitz is exported in the EU, US and Australia. And how did it all begin?

Golden Thread of Gruza Plum Brandy Slivovitz 7 Years Old

Golden Thread of Gruza Plum Brandy Slivovitz 7 Years Old

Prvoslav Aleksic, a former importer of furniture, saw a distillery once in Italy and realized that this production of brandy became his dream and passion. The same kind of distillery he built in the countryside, on the estate of his ancestors and hired experts from the Faculty of Agriculture and technologists who have helped him to make “The Thread of Gruza Slivovitz”. Now he is preparing a new product: 12 years old brandy and a bottle will be priced 300€.

We’ve tried it, it’s excellent. It is like the finest French cognac.

Prvoslav’s wife says he started this job with so much desire and passion. He usually got up at 4 AM every morning while the distillery was built and was travelling from Kraljevo to the village to oversee the works and assist the masters, and then he would come back to Kraljevo and be in the workplace at 8 AM  in the company of which he was the owner at the time.

“After 30 years spent in the city we decided to move to the country. My husband had a great will and wish. Mine was a little bit weaker, but when I came here I saw how nicer it was, much nicer than living in the city. Life is more relaxed here, there is a lot of work, but  we feel happy and satisfied, “says Vladanka.

Prvoslav says he began producing the brandy on his own but consulting profession and the quality is achieved by proper choice of fruit. He says Serbian brandy is much appreciated in the world, but there is a lot of smuggling and illegal sales, which greatly lowers the price of brandy that domestic producers export, especially in the countries of Europe.

“Everything was done according to the laws and rules, that is why the result could not be missed,” he says with pride and leads us to show us eight hectares of fruit that he planted to produce their own brandy.

He is also satisfied with life in the country, says that when he arrived he had about 105 kilos and now 83. He feels healthier and more vital, on Sundays socialize with friends and often go hunting. Children continued to live in Kraljevo, he has four grandchildren and intends to leave this job to his grandson.

He has built the old Serbian house with two entrances and ethnic restaurants for themselves and guests who come from all over the world. One entrance to their private quarters and the other, from the restaurant for guests

Vladanka is dedicated to rural tourism, her realm is the kitchen built in the courtyard, next to which is the family Ethno house from the last century that Prvoslav intends to rearrange for tourists. But it is under state protection as a historic monument, and he is waiting for the state to issue the official permission to renovation.

Aleksic Ditillery

Aleksic Distillery

The Ethno restaurant atmosphere is steeped in tradition, on the walls of hand-woven curtains with embroidery, on tables the woven work of several generations of women in this family. On the walls the paintings of hand-made musical instruments, folk costumes, tapestries …

Visiting the Aleksic household we met guests from Germany. Ivica Micic and his son were staying here for a few days and were very pleased. Next time they will bring the whole family with them and are already thinking to buy a property in this or another nearby village of Sumadija.

For Aleksic Ethno household they heard on the Internet, but also in Serbian serial “My cousin from the country” whose scenes were recorded here.