Vodka distillation process

by Marta

Has anyone heard of Jean Marc XO Vodka? And more importantly has anyone tasted it? Today it goes about vodkas but rather than talking about brands of vodka (that we all know by heart), I wanted to devote a few lines to the importance of the distillation process, which directly influences the quality and outcome of the drink.

The vodka brand that I mentioned in previous lines holds the record for being the one that is most times distilled in the world, no more and no less than nine times. Clearly, the price soars, especially in comparison with other vodka brands, and precisely why and because of how special it is it should not be mixed (needless to say, but just in case).

Common vodkas usually have two or three distillations in total. It is sometimes carried out in a continuous distillation process and other isolated stills are used. The latter method is known as pot still distillation and it is the one used for making the Jean Marc XO vodka.

The size of the stills also influences the quality of the resulting vodka. It is not the same a distillation which takes place in forty meters space than other which does it in ten. The capacity of the stills depends on the type of production that is sought. In other words: it will depend on how industrial is the distillery or on the importance they give to the process and the product itself.

The same applies to almost any other product that may be marketed: it is not the same a costume made shirt than the one you can buy in a supermarket chain, it is not the same selected vintage red wine than a table one. The price is not the same either, but the experience and the feelings are worth it.

Among the most desirable vodkas we have Absolut, an example of those which are obtained from a continuous distillation process. Belvedere vodka is distilled four times, which sounds like few if we compare it with the six distillations that are carried out to obtain the vodka Alpha Noble. Russian Standard Imperia is one of the most exclusive and has eight distillations under its favour.

Vodka lovers should pay attention to this part of the process but also to the filtering phase, especially with regard to the material used for the filter, which even though is usually wood, it can come from apple, birch or French oak tree, as is the case of the vodka we mentioned at the beginning of the post, with the resulting difference in the outcome.

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