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Charbay Vodka - Review

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Charbay Vodka is personally hand-distilled by a 12th- and 13th-generation father and son team

When it comes to vodka we are very picky. Usually we go for the proven Grey Goose and Belvedere — that is until we discovered Charbay Vodka. We've tried their fruit flavored offerings and were truly impressed. And no wonder, this vodka is personally hand-distilled by a 12th- and 13th-generation father and son team, using a centuries-old family recipe and process. The Karakasevic family has been making spirits in Europe since the late XVIIth century and was publicly recognized and documented as a Noble House in 1751 by a decree of Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria.

Flavors in their single-batch line include Meyer lemon, blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, red raspberry, green tea and pomegranate. You can taste the whole fresh fruit, which is important, as any hint of artifice will destroy a good vodka drink. Here are some additional facts from their website:

- Charbay "Mellow and Clean" Base Vodka is a high proof, neutral grain spirit five times custom distilled from 100 per cent pure grain mash in the American Midwest. This five-column distillation process is an especially chosen technology capable of producing the characteristic purity and smoothness of Charbay.

- Each of the five flavor ingredients are distilled into Charbay Base Vodka only once a year, during the peak of each fruit's own ripening season. Fruits are tree-ripened, picked and delivered to the distillery from orchards in California, Oregon and Texas; the green tea comes from China's Anhwei province.

Price: $36 (750 ml)

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Try this simple recipe for a Charbay Hemmingway cocktail

Charbay Hemmingway

2 oz. Charbay Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka
2 oz. fresh pink grapefruit juice
Splash of simple syrup

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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