By Spirits Contributor Neal Kotlarek
The Ukrainian Khortytsa [Hor-Ti-Tsa] Distillery opened in December 2003. Although relatively new to the US market, is well-known globally, with distribution in over 87 countries.
It was named among the world’s best distilleries at the 2014 New York International Spirits Competition. Only 19 of the world’s leading distilleries were recognized with this honor.
The distillery is located in Zaporozhe near Khortytsa Island, a sacred place in Ukraine – considered to be the cradle and heart of Ukrainian national pride – and is one of the country’s seven wonders. For the purest water possible, the distillery uses a filter process containing schungite (a unique natural mineral), and is further enhanced with special birch and alder-tree charcoal and quartz sand sourced near the Ural Mountains.
Production capacity is 16 vodka bottles per second. The total volume in the alcohol cellar of the distillery is 1,000,000 liters, or 264,000 gallons. The company employs 1600, and is the dominant vodka in Ukraine.
Currently, there are four items within the Khortytsa line imported to the United States: Khortytsa Platinum, which is the most popular; Khortytsa Ice, specially formulated to be frozen with the bottle turning blue when chilled; Khortytsa Honey Pepper, which adds a spicy zing to a variety of cocktails; and Khortytsa De Luxe a “super premium” vodka for connoisseurs.
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