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Zirkova partnered with one of the world?s foremost vodka masters, who holds a PhD in the art and science of vodka making, to create the two unique blends that are Zirkova One and Zirkova Together. Our vodkas begin with wheat and rye grown in the rich black earth of Ukraine. Often referred to as ?the breadbasket of Europe?, Ukraine has the most fertile and lush agricultural land on earth ? a full 1/3 of the world?s black-earth soil, which contains large amounts of humus?the rich organic component of soil, full of calcium, phosphorus, lime and other natural fertilizers. This fecund land yields hearty wheat that adds subtle notes of anise seed, pepper and lemon zest, and rye that imparts a delicate nutty sweetness to our vodkas.
Zirkova One + Zirkova Together are distilled four times from the finest Ukrainian grain spirits to create an ideal balance of smoothness and character. Our vodka master, who has a PhD in vodka blending, selects only the center-cut spirits or ?Tsar?s Cut,? eliminating the lighter spirits which cause the medicinal smell found in most vodkas and removing the heavier spirits, which cause burn on the palate. It is a true mixture of art and science, as the spirits must also be perfectly matched to the unique characteristics of the water, with which they will be blended.
Since vodka is approximately 60% water, sourcing the finest water is essential to crafting superior vodka. The Tsar?s own vodka specialists built this facility in 1896 to access the perfect water for making vodka. After distillation, our ultra premium spirits are blended with this extraordinary artesian water from Zolotonosha ? a live flowing, underground water source of extreme purity and perfect mineralization. Though local folklore holds that the water even has healing powers, it?s actually the unique mineral balance of Zolotonosha water that contributes to the harmonizing flavors of the most superior vodka. Many vodka brands make claims about their water source, while most use purified municipal water that has been re-mineralized. Zirkova employs a proprietary and patented gentle 5-step purification process to remove biological matter while maintaining the water?s taste and mineralization.
Zirkova honors filtration with the respect that it deserves ? it is one of the most critical processes to making the finest of vodkas. Zirkova vodkas are slow-filtered through massive columns, containing 300 kilograms of birch charcoal and gravity-fed through quartz sand. It is not about simply removing impurities, it is a classical method, a controlled reaction between water, spirits, and charcoal. While most vodka makers mechanically filter their liquid through charcoal dust in small filters, this quick and cheap method strips the vodka of its inherent taste and character. Zirkova?s slower, more rarely used method purifies the vodka while leaving the subtle flavors of its quality ingredients intact.