The Polugar No 1 precious rye and wheat is refined using birch charcoal, and then the distillate is infused with natural, essential oils of garlic and hot pepper following the 19th century recipe. Intense aroma and its inimitable bready flavor make this an outstanding selection to accompany fine, Eastern European cuisine.
Nose: Bright aromas of baked garlic and hot pepper.
Palate: Warming taste of baked garlic, hot pepper, wheat and rye bread.
Finish: Prolonged finish with notes of garlic and spices complementing delicate shades of grains and bread.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 87 points - A big bouquet of roasted garlic and spicy peppers on the nose. On the palate, it’s sweet and savory with a peppery kick that’s as much from the rye and wheat base as the infusion. (Apr 2016)
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This small batch numbered series is carefully crafted using select Russian rye and wheat grains. Only natural raw products are distilled to obtain the pure essence of each flavor. The spirit is triple-distilled in copper pot stills manufactured from 18th and 19th century diagrams. The precious distillate undergoes further refining using natural birch 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.
Dressed herring, meat pastries, barrel pickles, vinaigrette salad, lamb stew, borscht and smoked meats.
Recommended as base spirit in Bloody Marys.
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.