WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VODKA

There is a common misconception that most, if not all, vodkas are made from potatoes. In fact, 99% of vodkas in the world are distilled from grain - corn, wheat, or rye - using the least costly grain available.

In the United States, most vodkas are made in industrial alcohol plants operated by the major grain processors. This alcohol is sold to industrial users of ethanol, as well as to the alcoholic beverage industry for use as a blending spirit or, after filtration and dilution with water, as vodka. Virtually all of these grain vodkas are diluted with water that is distilled or chemically treated.

Potato Vodkas

There are three potato vodkas distributed nationally in the United States. Two of them are made in Poland by the Polish Government and one - GLACIER Vodka - is made here in America, in Rigby, Idaho.

The potato inherently produces a smoother vodka than its grain counterpart. But GLACIER takes this natural advantage to an even higher level.

GLACIER, which uses the renowned russet potato of Idaho and pure, chilled Rocky Mountain well water, achieves a vodka without harshness or "bite," with a subtle hint of viscosity and a smooth, soft feel on the palate.

The Distillation Process

There are two basic distillation processes. The oldest and the one that is most extensively used in Europe is the pot still, in which small batches are distilled in a simple pot. In essence a fermented mash is heated into steam and then condensed, leaving alcohol to be cooled, condensed and collected. Many European vodkas are made by repeating this process three times (triple distilled) or even four or five times. Every repeated distillation removes some of the impurities (congeners) that are created in this procedure. But, a natural physical limit in this process leaves impurities, no matter how many times the distillation is repeated.

The second, more modern method of distillation, uses a series of high rising steel columns (a minimum of two) through which the "beer" produced in the fermentation stage is successively distilled to an even higher proof and a cleaner end product.

The GLACIER Process

GLACIER is produced in a four-column, multi-plate, continuous distillation process that elevates the proof of the alcohol being distilled as it strips out virtually all impurities. Since each plate in each rectifying column has the same distillation capacity as on pot still distillation, our Master Distiller, Bill Scott distills each batch the equivalent of 50 times, thereby achieving his objective: to produce vodka that is exceptionally clean and smooth but possessing a rich body. Bill has the ability to hand guide our process, sniffing, testing, stripping, and measuring as he goes along.

Filtration through charcoal and garnet crystals completes the process. Bill can equal or exceed the performance of any competing distillation system in the task of producing a clean spirit. But he does much more, something that neither the modern industrial processors nor the simple pot distillers can do. He produces a vodka that is both ultra clean and balanced with soft edges and a wholeness that causes critics to say it is...

The Best Vodka in the World and It's Made in America.

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