About Charbay Blood Orange Vodka
Each winter, Marko Karakasevic, master distiller at Charbay Distillery, travels to Central California and selects organically grown, tree-ripened blood oranges at their peak maturity. The oranges are delivered to his distillery in St. Helena, California within three days and crushed — skins and all — by Marko (a 13th generation master distiller!) and his team.
Blood oranges' distinctive crimson pigment is a result of high levels of anthocyanins, an antioxidant thought to protect against ailments such as cancer, inflammation and diabetes. Grown in cool climates, blood oranges are more intense than ordinary oranges and have unique, raspberry-like flavors in addition to typical citrus notes. Using a secret process that takes nearly six months, Marko and his team extract the flavor, color and antioxidants from the blood oranges. The fruit extract is then blended with Charbay's award-winning Clear Vodka.
Charbay Clear Vodka, which has been rated the best vodka in the world twice by the Spirit Journal
, is distilled from 100% American Midwest corn and rye. Distilled in a double copper alembic charentais pot to 192 proof, Clear Vodka is gently, gently filtered and bottled by hand.
Charbay Blood Orange Vodka is free from essences, perfumes, dyes, fragrances and so-called "natural flavors"- it is made from 100% organically-grown, real fruit. When asked how he makes Charbay Blood Orange Vodka, Marko replied, "with the best fruit possible."
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"Basically, we're an art endeavor expressed in alcohols and flavors," says Miles Karakasevic, Chabay Distillery's founder and master distiller. Thirty years ago, Karakasevic — a 12th generation Master Distiller — emigrated to California and became a pioneer in the American craft spirits movement by opening the doors to one of the first craft distilleries in the United States. Three decades later, Karakasevic continues to release some of the most unique and interesting spirits in the world.
Charbay R5 Hop Flavored Whiskey is the product of a marriage between two of California's finest institutions: Charbay Distillery and Bear Republic Brewery. The whiskey is crafted by distilling bottle-ready Racer 5 IPA (7% ABV), a craft beer brewed by the Bear Republic Brewery. Racer 5 IPA is a full-bodied beer that is made from American ale and crystal hops, and is heavily hopped (the beer includes Chinook, Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial hops).
Historians are not clear on the exact origin of vodka since different sources link its beginning to both Russia and Poland. But one thing is clear: this somewhat simple spirit, first used as a medicinal concoction, has become one of the most versatile drinks in the world.
It can be distilled from any type of grains, potatoes, or even grapes worldwide. Due to its simplicity, this unaged spirit's main flavor factor is the quality of water and the ingredients used in the distillation process.
Primarily used in cocktails, vodka can also stand its ground when enjoyed neat.
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