About Pau Maui Vodka
Hali'imaile Distilling is based in Hawaii, on the slopes of the East Maui Volcano. It's there that the LeVecke family, with over 50 years of experience with spirit-crafting, decided to set up their micro-distillery. The two LeVecke brothers teamed up with industry veteran Mark Nigbur from Colorado, himself a renowned distiller who turned out to be the perfect fit for the budding operation with his unconventional approach. Nigbur relocated to Maui with his family to become master distiller and Hali'imaile was ready to go.
The distillery houses a growing number of brands that include Mahina Premium Rum, Paniolo Blended Whiskey, Fid Street Hawaiian Gin, and ― last but not least ― Pau Maui Vodka, their flagship product. The pineapple vodka was also their first step into the industry and the most obvious choice, as the distillery is located amidst pineapple fields that have been famous for the delicious tropical fruit for more than a century. Maui Gold is a super-sweet pineapple that is perfect for fermentation as well as being exceptionally clean due to the fresh water and volcanic soil it's grown on. They make sure to use the ripe fruit that takes 18 months to mature and has a 2-3 day window when it is at its peak ripeness and ready to be harvested.
Make no mistake, this is no pineapple-flavored vodka. The fruit ― a symbol of hospitality ― actually serves as the base that gets distilled into Pau Maui Vodka. Employing Nigbur's signature glass stills and Hawaiian spring water, this vodka is a farm-to-bottle spirit that is wholly unique, delicious, and geared towards sustainability ― a necessity on the island with limited resources. The crisp, clean, and neutral vodka has garnered several awards, including a Platinum award at the 2019 SIP Awards.
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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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