Hangar One Straight Vodka
Without a doubt. Most vodkas begin as a big industrial column still of fermented wheat that is cranked out by thousands of gallons a minute. Add to that, an occasional bit of flavored fruit extract - end of story.
Our method is different. We start by distilling fresh fruit on the same day it’s picked. Sometimes we work through the night so that the flavor we capture in our still represents the fruit at its most thrilling moment. We make an eau de vie, using centuries-old European methods, in a copper still.
Every bottle of vodka we make begins the same way. Fresh, in-season fruit from farmers we know by first name. Craft distillation by hand, in small batches. When something’s made like this, with love, you can always taste the difference.
VODKA FROM GRAPES - it’s a little strange. But we couldn’t seem to find a “straight” vodka we truly liked; some were harsh; all of them lacked the depth of our flavored spirits. I realized this was going to be a challenge. I knew we had to find a way to make straight vodka our way - distilling it right from whole, just-picked fruit - skin, stems, seeds, leaves and all. Enter the Viognier. This grape has low acid and amazing fruit and floral aromas. It takes the harsh ethanol bite right out of the spirit, and it gives our straight vodka a sweet, smooth, satisfying feel. We blend a Viognier eau de vie with spirit made from midwestern wheat to make a perfectly balanced, fruity, "straight" vodka.
The viognier is not an easy grape. It has low and unpredictable yields and we can only pick it when it’s fully ripe - a window of a day or two. Sometimes I think we might be fixated on doing things the hard way. Probably it’s just the German way. When I taste the results I remember why.
-From the producer