Szicsek Pálinka

The History of Our Distillery

The history of our distillery goes back to 1982 when I was selected from among a dozen applicants in my home town of Tiszaföldvár to head up the “Grand Distillery” of the county. At the time the city had a total of 9 distilleries. Fighting for the trust of customers, I found myself so engrossed in work that after regularly spending 16 hours at the distillery on workdays, I actually missed the place on my days off. Similarly to others who found passion in work, I fell in love with this occupation. After 6 years I quit the “easy” job of being an employee and fired up my own pálinka distillery on June 18, 1988. It may be hard to understand now, but it’s strange that I became an entrepreneur in an environment filled with employees who looked at private enterprise as “the enemy” throughout their lives. And in the production of spirits, this was definitely the case.

Our Palinka product is handcrafted from using 100% fruit which is still made using the old traditional methods. Szicsek Palinka Ltd is a family run business which has been making this Award Winning Palinka for over 30 years.

Our drink is solely made from 100% fruit, only distilled  water has been added to the process with no sugars or aromas have been incorporated. We have handcrafted 4 different categories : Premium Palinkas,  50% Classic Palinkas, Palinkas with Honey and 3 Years Old Oak Barrel Palinkas.

Szicsek’s Pálinka Outside Hungary

By now we have established markets in Canada, Germany, Iceland, Slovakia, Austria, Great Britain, Kazahstan, Romania and Russia. We had to work hard to develop these markets, and are actively pursuing new market opportunities to grow our exports. We take pride in being successful and polishing the reputation of Hungary as the source of premium quality pálinka, our national spirit. Our success in Hungary and abroad is supported by intense footwork aimed at making products of consistent quality at attractive price/value levels, reliably. Our pálinka products show their mettle in contests and competitions: they have won 11 champion prizes, as well as 59 gold, 89 silver, and 64 bronze medals. Our Bedded Pear Pálinka received the “Pálinka of the Year” award in 2008, and our company won the “Commercial Pálinka Distillery of the Year” title in 2009 and the “Jász -Nagykun-Szolnok County’s Enterprise of the Year” title in 2003 and 2011. Our product range continues to grow, and we keep developing new, exciting sorts of pálinka for our customers.