About Wheatley Vodka
Situated on the Kentucky River in Frankfort, Kentucky, Buffalo Trace
Distillery takes its name from an ancient pathway that migrating buffalo used when traveling westward. The trail was well-known among Native Americans and was eventually used by pioneering settlers who crossed the Ohio River and followed the buffalo trace to the Western frontier.
Buffalo Trace Distillery is the oldest continually operating distillery in the United States and includes the rich legacies of master distillers such as E.H. Taylor, Jr, George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Today, the distillery is still family-owned, operating on the same 130 acres of land adjacent to the Kentucky River as it has for over 200 years.
Trace Distillery's own Master Distiller Harlen Whitley built upon those centuries of knowledge and experience when crafting their Wheatley Vodka. It's a small-batch affair that is distilled 10 times using their one-of-a-kind micro still. It's a combination of a 7X distilled wheat recipe and a 7X distilled grain recipe. After they are combined, they are distilled an additional 3 times, triple-filtered, and bottled at 82 proof, which they found to be perfect for the spirit to show through when mixing cocktails. Yet the crisp, clean, and pure spirit is perfectly drinkable on its own, which is when its subtle hints of vanilla shine through.
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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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