Vodka Recipes and Prices

Vodka brands: HDW CLIX

Man has been always striving for perfection in everything: art, sport and other areas… So Americans created premium vodka HDW CLIX, which was distilled as many as 159 times in the manufacturing process.

Why this queer and not very neat name of the drink – “HDW CLIX”? It turns out that here the name of its creator is encrypted, the master distiller, Harlen Davis Wheatley, whose initials make up the first part of the name of vodka. The second part is the Roman numerals signifying the number 159, the number of distillations of the product.

HDW CLIX is produced at the distillery Buffalo Trace, which is based in the United States. The idea to create this “perfect” vodka was born ten years ago, when Wheatley, author of the idea, took the lead of a small group of professionals engaged in product development: the work took seven years: the design, planning and installation of specially designed copper and stainless steel stills, ovens and fermenters.

Harlen Davis Wheatley is the creator of "perfect vodka".
Harlen Davis Wheatley is the creator of “perfect vodka”.

The manufacturing process of this unique vodka is quite interesting. For its production 28,400 gallons of wort mash were taken, which were divided into 143 small batches of 200 gallons, and each such batch contained different amounts of the best hand-selected corn, wheat, rye and barley. These batches have been carefully fermented separately and distilled 143 times, within six months, and as a result of 20 gallons of vodka were produced from each of these batches.

Then these vodka batches have been carefully selected and blended in the another 14 batches, each of which was distilled again, in total having produced only 400 gallons of vodka. Finally, all these batches have been blended into one, and it distilled two more times, yielding only 332 gallons of vodka, which is enough for a limited edition of 2,000 bottles.

So, within a year the raw materials of vodka got through 159 distillations and was shrunk in 85-plus times. But that is not all yet! After all the distillations vodka was left in the tank made of stainless steel 12 more months. Why? The producers say it provides softness of this perfect vodka before bottling.

The bottles are made of crystal: the decanter for the perfect vodka HDW CLIX was designed by a special company engaged in the production of art glass, Nouvel Studio. For good measure, the bottle is packed in a special wooden container.

What is the conclusion? According to the manufacturers, their effort was not in vain: vodka HDW CLIX has a nice taste, good smell, it is soft, subtle, elegant, stylish … In short, perfect. The vodka price is about $300 for a bottle of 0.75 l.

Vodka’s effect on health

There have always been a lot of arguments what effect vodka has on a human’s health. Even though overusing of the spirit leads to rather negative results, the positive effects on health have also been proved. Vodka is often added to beauty products such as skincare lotions and tonics. The reason why it is widely used obvious: it has valuable antiseptic qualities and helps the wounds heal.

Vodka has some noticeable health benefits
Vodka has some noticeable health benefits

 

The composition of vodka

Vodka is an alcohol drink that is produced by mixing ethanol with water. The volume of ethanol in traditional recipe of vodka is usually 40%, although the proportion of ethanol and water depends on the standards of a country. The standard of European vodka is 37,5, while vodka in USA contains 30% of ethanol. Quite often vodka is mixed with some additional ingredients that soften the spirit’s taste. The spirit is used as an ingredient for a number of vodka cocktails and other drinks.

The history of vodka

The origin of the most common alcohol drink in the world is still debatable. Some claim that its roots date back to the IX century in Russia where as others believe that it appeared in VIII century in Poland. In fact, the historical sources say that the process of distillation the Poles learned from Holy Roman Empire in XIV century. The first mentions of the distillation take us to the 1st century in Alexandria.

Initially vodka was used for medical purposes and was highly respected for its positive effects. Vodka was a basic ingredient for herbal concoctions that possessed unique healing qualities. A bit further it was used by different brands of vodka in making flavored spirits.

Benefits of vodka

Besides the well-known quality of vodka to reduce stress pressure, it is appreciated as an anesthetic. With a help of a range of flowers, herbs and different flavors vodka was used to treat a number of health conditions such as head and aches. Among other positive effects of vodka there are:

  • A cardio effect. The spirit has a protective effect on heart. Consuming moderate amounts of vodka helps improve blood vessels and stimulate the blood circulation. In this way, vodka is able to prevent you from a stroke and a heart attack.
  • Skin and hair care. Vodka works as a cleanser for pores and effects the hair growth. That is why it is a common ingredient for tonics, lotions, cleansers and conditioners.
  • Vodka is a first aid if you happen to get a wound, e.g. a bite or a knife cut. Vodka is a great disinfector which prevents infections from growing.
  • There were indications that vodka is useful when consumed in little doses (25-30 ml). People who sometimes take small vodka doses are less likely to have arthritis, cancer, cold and angina. Small doses of vodka helps to normalize sleep, improves appetite and immune system.
  • The drink also stops coughing fits while bronchitis and tracheitis.
  • The small amounts of vodka lowers the blood pressure.

Warning

Even though vodka possesses a plenty of positive effects on health, the overconsumption of alcohol may result in an increased risk of brain and liver deceases. Overusing of vodka leads to fastening of a heart pulse, increasing of blood pressure and appearing of heart diseases. Excessive consumption of alcohol may also lead to an overproduction of adrenaline. This may lead to a fastened tiredness and fatigue.

Taking alcohol during pregnancy results in fetal alcohol syndrome, i.g. mental problems. Consuming vodka and other alcohol might also cause harm while taking medicines, that is why drinking vodka is forbidden during the most therapies.

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