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THE ORIGINS OF VODKA

Although Polish manuscripts mention the word “vodka” as early as 1405, we know that it referred to a drink of low alcoholic strength, completely different from what vodka is today.

One thing is certain: double distillation, the technique still used in Cognac, spread throughout western and northern Europe during the 15th century, at a time when distilled products were used daily for medicinal purposes.

Infused and distilled with plants and fruit, vodka was initially a medicine. Some of our ancestors even used it as aftershave. Many vodka recipes were developed and refined in those distant centuries.

In a treatise published in 1534, the herbalist Stephan Falimiz listed 72 aromatic vodkas. Recipes at the time, often kept in strongboxes, were part of the heritage of each family and farm. It was not until the invention of column still distillation in the mid-19th century that vodka started to become a more neutral product.

In days gone by, high quality vodkas would be flavored with herbs and spices to give the vodka taste and character (and, in some cases, to mask flaws, since distillation was not always an exact science). Nowadays, only a few vodkas are made that way.

Whereas a majority of producers vaunt their vodka’s purity, and in some cases even its lack of taste (distilled xx times, etc.), Cognac Ferrand, faithful to its philosophy of only producing spirits with character offering a range of flavors, produces a vodka of remarkable taste and refinement.

After the renaissance of Citadelle gin, made with 19 botanicals in small Charentais pot stills, Cognac Ferrand wished to produce an exceptional vodka.

Of the same lineage as the award-winning Citadelle gin, Citadelle vodka is the result of several centuries’ experience of the art of distilling. In an age of extreme industrialization Citadelle vodka, distilled in the craft tradition, belongs to another era.

The two spirits take their name from the Citadelle at Dunkirk, which housed the distillery of the same name in the late 18th century.


A VODKA MADE EXCLUSIVELY WITH WHOLE WHEAT FROM THE BEAUCE

Vodka may legally be made from any ingredient that can be distilled, such as molasses, potatoes, tapioca and all types of grain. However, vodka made entirely from wheat is generally the best.

Citadelle 6C is made exclusively from whole wheat grown on the plains of the Beauce, in central France. Moreover, only the grain is used for distillation – i.e., it is separated from the bran for this very purpose. This process of separating the grain from the bran greatly contributes to the vodka’s refinement, since distilling the bran produces methanol and other elements that would adversely affect the vodka’s taste.


CITADELLE 6C: A UNIQUE DISTILLATION METHOD

Several techniques are used to define a vodka’s taste.

For handmade vodkas, very small quantities of some carefully chosen barks or spices are infused in the vodka and then redistilled to achieve a perfectly seamless taste. Such vodkas have a very delicate taste and flavor. It is a highly labor-intensive process but the result is incomparable and this method brings out all the best in the vodka.

Citadelle 6C is initially distilled in a five-column still. Our master distiller then carries out a sixth distillation in a small Charentais copper pot still, incorporating a few secret ingredients that gives the spirit its unique taste and style. We call this last distillation the 6C (the sixth distillation using the Charentais method). It is the name we have

OUR RANGE

CITADELLE 6C VODKA

Citadelle 6C is a crystal clear vodka, as rich and pure as diamond. Made with very high quality French winter wheat, it is distilled and filtered six times in order to reveal incomparable refinement.

COCKTAILS

New Orleans Salty Dog

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 OZ. MAGELLAN GIN
  • 3.0 OZ. Your Favourite TONIC
  • 0.5 OZ. Fresh Squeezed lime

PREPARATION

  • Fill a large balloon glass with ice.
  • Add 1.5 OZ of Magellan Gin
  • Fill the glass with your favourite Tonic
  • Garnish with: Fresh Lemon/lime or Cinnamon Stick or Orange Peel.

April Rain

INGREDIENTS

  • 0.75 OZ. Mathilde Peach Liqueur
  • 1.5 OZ. Citadelle Gin
  • 0.5 OZ. Passion Fruit Juice
  • 0.5 OZ. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 0.5 OZ. Dash of Bitters Peach
  • 0.5 OZ. Dash of Grenadine Real

PREPARATION

  • Fill cocktail shaker with Ice
  • Add all the ingredients Into a Shaker
  • Shake ingredients over ice
  • strain Into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish: Mint Leaf

Cucumber Delight

INGREDIENTS

  • 2.0 OZ. Mathilde Pear Liqueur
  • 2.0 OZ. Citadelle Gin
  • 1.0 OZ. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

PREPARATION

  • Fill cocktail shaker with Ice
  • Add all the ingredients Into a Shaker
  • Shake ingredients over ice
  • strain Into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Mint Leaf