Unlike its rye-based counterparts, Polugar Wheat ismade solely from wheat grain, both malted and non-malted, giving the spirit a texture that is plump and broad. A sweet richness sings through grassy fields and stone fruit.
Nose: Mild, round, light and delicate. Warm wheat crumbs, grain and bread notes. Hay, dry grass, salt, pickled cabbage and semisweet honey.
Palate: Clean and measured, but doesn’t hold back. Slightly salty-grassy nuances are dominated by kolach, a traditional Ukrainian bread. Wonderful velvetiness showing flowery, fruity notes. An elegant bitterness complements spice tones, followed by bright, persistent bread notes.
Finish: Mild grains, wheat and freshly cut white bread.
Each Polugar Single Grain selection is distilled three times in copper pot stills that were meticulously reproduced from 18th century drawings. The distillate then undergoes a labor-intensive and expensive egg-white purification process, a popular method used by the Russian aristocracy in the 1700s. A long purification process ensues using birch wood charcoal.
|Polugar is a more ancient type of spirit. It is quite different from modern vodka, rather more akin to legendary Russian bread wine, the noble father of vodka. It is said that the first Moscow tavern allowed to serve distilled liquor in Russia was exclusively reserved for the oprichniki, Ivan the Terrible’s secret police. Throughout Russian history, vodka was similar to whiskey; the smell and flavor reminiscent of freshly baked bread, heavily exhibiting the grains used to make it, and was known as bread wine.
In 1895 Tsar Alexander III decreed to have all pot stills in Russia broken down. Subsequently, distillation processes were restricted to government licensed and taxed column stills, establishing the method for producing the crystalline, less nuanced spirit that we now know as vodka today.
The Rodionov family spearheaded a movement to restore the traditional grain spirits enjoyed during the golden age of Russia. Boris Rodionov, a renowned academic and vodka historian, discovered the original recipe for the national bread wine spirit. With legislation forbidding the Polugar style of grain distillation in Russia, the Rodionov family restored an old distillery tucked away in a forest in Poland to reestablish the glory of the legendary spirit.
Each Polugar selection is produced in accordance with an authentic recipe from the 18th century, using carefully selected grains and naturally pure water.
|1/2Rodionov & Sons» made the comeback of Russain grain distillates in 2010, using old recipes and techniques found in historical records and ancient books .
Original Russian grain distillates are significant foundation part of the entire historical world of Russian cuisine and gastronomic culture, but to date they have been undeservedly forgotten and not available to experts and consumers.
Long and laborious investigations of Boris Rodionov, his deep theoretical knowledge and unique practical experience give today the opportunity to produce the limited series of delicious distillate on a rye base, forming totally new category of alcoholic beverages, which is completely absent in the Russian market.
1/2Rodionov & Sons» continues working on the revival of the Russian distilling and re-creating the legendary Russian breadwine Polugar and other traditional distillates, the production of which was discontinued in the Russian Empire after the introduction of the monopoly in 1895.
1/2Rodionov & Sons» reconstructs former glory of Russian alcohol that has no analogues in the world of exquisite and sophisticated alcoholic drinks of rye and rye malt, with a unique flavor, taste and aroma, with a unique traditional Russian system of clearing by natural coagulants.
1/2Rodionov & Sons» made it possible for the first time in the last 115 years, for thousands of Russian fans of strong liquor to get the opportunity to taste the forgotten, but existed in the XVI century and until 1895 the noble Russian grain spirits.