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Polugar is a revived historic Russian breadwinner - the progenitor of modern vodka. The production of this alcohol was stopped in 1895 with the enforcement of a state monopoly on alcohol distillation. In the Russian Empire, breadwinner was the name given for a grain distillate, which was a strong alcoholic drink produced by means of distillation in copper pot stills. At the time, rectification of pure ethyl spirit had not yet been invented and this drink carefully preserved the flavour and aroma of its raw materials - namely rye and wheat.

For the Polugar Infused Range, selected Russian rye and wheat grains are used to make a home brew, which is then triple-distilled in a copper pot still reconstructed from 18th and 19th century diagrams. The precious distillate then undergoes thorough refining using natural birch charcoal.

Thanks to the historian of Russian vodka, writer and scientist Boris Rodionov, the recipe and technology of traditional distillation and refining used in the 19th century has been recreated from ancient books and have now legally produced a numbered series of bottles of traditional Polugar No.1 for the first time in 120 years.

Nose: Bready aroma of home baking.

Palate: Delicate, slightly sweet, warming soft taste of rye and wheat bread. A long-lasting finish dominated by hints of wheat bread, meadow grasses, baking and fresh hay.

70cl - 38.5% abv

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