Belvedere Heritage 176 Vodka
From the Maker:
With Belvedere Heritage 176 (2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge - Finalist - 94 Points), Belvedere’s Master Rye Distillers apply fire to the rye before distillation, to further demonstrate its potential for nuanced taste. Belvedere Heritage 176 is quite simply a taste of vodka’s past. Up until the 19th century, Polish vodka-makers relied on the old technique of ‘malting’, using fire-kilned drying —a tradition which also naturally revealed rich and distinctive flavors. Over time, as the vodka category expanded, and technology evolved, these old traditions sadly faded out, and vodka became more associated with neutrality.
About the Maker:
Belvedere vodka is a reflection of their heritage: over 600 years of Polish vodka-making tradition has led to the creation of Belvedere Vodka.
Belvedere respects over 600 years of Polish vodka history, tradition and standards of vodka production, which means the use of traditional ingredients, no additives and only natural flavor profiles. This approach was codified in 2013 with the introduction of a Geographical Appellation, protecting traditional Polish vodka making techniques. Poland is the first and only Geographical Appellation for vodka and as such is a guarantee of authenticity, heritage and quality.
The distillery in Zyradow was established in 1910 and is the longest continuously operating distillery in Poland.