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Press Release: Absolut introduces Absolut Elyx

First market launch of new high-end vodka from ABSOLUT

( AbsolutDrinks.com ) Inspired by 500 years of vodka making expertise, ABSOLUT has spent the last decade inventing a new vodka. Crafted from hand-selected estate wheat, and blended with soft and naturally filtered water, ABSOLUT ELYX is a true expression of quality. It is a small-batch vodka, produced according to craft techniques, in an authentic 1929 copper rectification still. The result: a handcrafted super premium vodka with an elegant, silky texture.

“Aroma and flavor are the obvious and most immediately striking characteristics of vodka. ABSOLUT ELYX goes beyond that. It has a clean and fresh taste with subtle floral and fruity tones, but its most defining quality lies in the texture. Not detectable by the nose or taste buds, texture determines how the vodka feels in your mouth. ABSOLUT ELYX is elegant and incredibly soft, and leaves you with a silky feeling in your mouth. Try it on its own, and your mouth will know the difference”, says Krister Asplund, master distiller at The Absolut Company.

To create ABSOLUT ELYX, Krister Asplund returned to the roots of vodka making, while still addressing contemporary demands of traceability and innovation. He sourced the finest wheat and water, put a 1929 rectification still back into use, and refined copper catalyzation. These four factors are equally important in the production of this exceptional vodka, and they are outlined in the ABSOLUT ELYX manifesto, which guarantees long-term quality and an everlasting commitment to perfection.

THE ABSOLUT ELYX MANIFESTO:

100% Hand-selected Estate Wheat
ABSOLUT ELYX is distilled exclusively from hand-selected wheat from Råbelöf, an estate with a flawless instinct for quality. Every year, the master distiller walks the fields of Råbelöf to select wheat that meet the highest of standards. Råbelöf’s excellent wheat adds subtle fruity and floral tones to ABSOLUT ELYX, and is conducive to its elegant palate and texture.

Pristine Water Filtrated by Nature
The water quality is absolutely essential in vodka production. Luckily, the ABSOLUT distillery rests on its own pristine natural underground springs. Filtered through the boulder ridge and limestone bedrock for thousands of years, this water has never been exposed to modern day pollution. It is exceptionally pure, low in minerals and very soft, which is essential to the silky, smooth character of ABSOLUT ELYX.

Perfected with Copper Catalyzation
Throughout the process, copper plays an integral part in the making of ABSOLUT ELYX. Its unique character is obtained from the vintage rectification still, with columns, pumps and hand-forged pipes all in copper. While the apparatus adds character, additional copper packets are used to purify the vodka in the crude spirit distillation. They react with any sulphur remnants, resulting in an absolutely pure spirit. This is basic chemistry, refined to perfection.

Authentic Craftsmanship
ABSOLUT ELYX is handcrafted in small volumes, according to the best craft techniques. No computers involved, ABSOLUT ELYX is the result of manual operation, old expertise and personal supervision through all details in the process. Each batch is made to the uncompromising standards of the master distiller and his sensory experts, who taste and approve of each batch before it is bottled.

ABSOLUT ELYX is very fresh, clean and silky smooth, with subtle floral and fruity tones. It is all made from natural ingredients, and free from added sugar. One of the first external experts to taste it was Andreas Larsson, Sommelier World Champion 2007, and one of the world’s most renowned sommeliers.

“The color is transparent and brilliant. The nose is plentiful and intense with a lot of character; it displays subtle hints of vanilla and lemon and has a floral touch. The palate is pure and invigorating with a silky, unctuous texture – creamy, subtle and persistent with a fine balance, and a long-lasting finish with a subtle spiciness. ABSOLUT ELYX is a finely tuned vodka with character and elegance”, says Andreas Larsson.

ABSOLUT ELYX is perhaps best enjoyed neat or on the rock (just one single, large, slowly melting ice cube), but is equally good blended – preferably in martinis and straightforward cocktails where the fresh taste and silky feel come to the fore.

On the Rock
5 parts ABSOLUT ELYX
Lemon Zest
Cut a sizeable block of ice into the shape of an Old-Fashioned glass. Measure up and add ABSOLUT ELYX over the ice. Press oil from the lemon zest over the drink and serve.

Charade
4.5 parts ABSOLUT ELYX
1.5 parts Lillet Blanc
0.5 parts white cherry liqueur (Luxardo Maraschino)
A twist of orange peel
Pour the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass. Add plenty of ice and stir until the drink is cold and has a suitable amount of water. Strain the drink into a frosted cocktail glass. Press oil from the orange peel over the drink and serve.

ABSOLUT ELYX is first introduced in Canada, Greece, Korea and Mexico during the fall of 2010, with additional markets launching in 2011.

Drink images, bottle images and images from the production are available at press.absolut.com.

For further information, please contact:
Local Marketing Manager

Press Release Courtesy of AbsolutDrinks.com

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Posted by on January 15, 2011 in Press Releases, Vodka

 

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Sugar Bowl Cocktails: Arkansas vs Ohio State

Tonight the Arkansas Razorbacks collide with the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Two great teams, two great college programs, and two great sets of fans that know how to drink. That being said, tailgating is a must for this game even if you aren’t a fan of one of these two. Try these signature cocktails tonight.

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The Buckeye Blitz

1 1/2 oz Red Stagg Cherry Bourbon
1 oz Grenadine
3 oz Lemonade (or to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain. Garnish with a cherry.

The Razorback Cocktail

1/2 oz Absolut Vodka
1/2 oz Cruzan Rum
1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz Disaronno Amaretto Liqueur

Pour all together in a mixing tin with ice, Shake to a froth, and strain off the ice into the glass. The ice is just to get it cold and the shaking is to make it froth. Serve in an Old fashioned glass.

For more great tailgating recipes inspired by some of the top college football programs in the country, check out these NCAA Inspired Cocktail Recipes. Don’t forget to “friend” us on Facebook !

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Tailgating

 

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Celebrating National Vodka Day !

For those of you unaware, October 4th is National Vodka day, and not everyday at 5 pm contrary to popular belief. For some of you I’m sure there has been  a circle around this day in your calendars for quite some time. Chances are the last time you went out to your favorite drinking establishment, the popular mixing spirit was flowing heavily. Vodka has been the main beneficiary of the popularity that came with the advancement of cocktail mixology over the last two decades. Been to a package store lately? You now have approximately 300 brands to choose from. Here’s a brief history lesson to keep you educated while planning how you will spend this wonderful and highly under rated holiday.

Vodka is the worlds most consumed spirit, accounting for a quarter of worldwide spirits sales. Three billion liters are sold each year. The name “vodka” is a diminutive form of the Slavic word voda (water), interpreted as little water. It’s origin can be traced back to Russia and Poland, both of which claim it’s creation. Prior to the mid 1950’s the spirit was rarely consumed outside of Eastern Europe and was originally introduced as a way to combat illness

Vodka is the easiest and cheapest spirit to produce, and with so many competitors in the market companies are constantly working to create the next big thing in the industry, thus the explosion of the flavored vodka market. Chocolate, whipped cream, blueberry, cranberry-lemonade, and cucumber are just some to name a few in a category that is getting larger and stranger everyday. There are even salmon and bacon flavored vodkas going into production as we speak. Soon we’ll be able to have a complete seven course meal completely in liquid form. For all of you anti flavored vodka fanatics, don’t worry, the “odorless”  and “tasteless” neutral spirit is still the main seller. The irony though is that anyone who truly believes vodka is odorless and tasteless isn’t into ultra premium vodkas. With a good vodka, you can taste the complexities that make it differ from one another. While most prefer to drink vodka iced cold, for  tasting purposes it is best served at room temperature.

Enough history lessons, how about some drinks? Below I’ve provided a few of my favorite vodka brands, in no particular order as well as some excellent recipes to get your holiday started.

Ciroc – (France)- $32- Grapes based- 5 times distilled. Nice nose, lemon, lime, citrus, almond, fruity, nutty, pepper, lemon lollipop, crisp, intense, light, pleasant, spicy, long finish.
Stoli Elite (Russia)- $60– Wheat & Rye based- 4 distillations. Freeze filtered. Balanced, smooth, burns, easy drinking, hard to drink, good finish.
Belvedere (Poland)- $35– Gold rye based, artesian well water- 4 distillations. Smooth, clean, light, balanced, anise, pepper, white pepper, grain, intense, vanilla, full bodied, long, silky finish.
Russian Standard (Russia)- $25 – Smooth, sweet finish, rough, clean, intense, exciting, classic.
Van Gogh (The Netherlands)- $28– Wheat, corn & barley- three distillations. Clean, smooth, bitter, complex, spice, fire, biting, rich, intense.
Svedka (Sweden)- $16– Winter wheat based, spring water- 5 distillations. Light, clean, soft, very fine, perky, smooth, crisp, feminine, grain, vanilla, spicy, dusty, peppery, sweet, berries, nutty, peppers, medium bodied, hot finish.
Sobieski (Poland)- $12- Rye based, spring water- 8 times distilled. Subtle, smooth, clean, delicate, almond oil, vanilla, peppery, sweet, anise, mineral, metallic, medium bodied, hot, spicy finish.
Ketel One (The Netherlands)- $26– Wheat based. Clean finish, anise, vegetal, smooth, intense, soft & subtle, neutral, bitter.

Madras

1 1/2 oz Vodka
4 oz Cranberry
1 oz of Orange Juice
1 Lime wedge
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass over ice. Add the lime wedge and serve

Moscow Mule

2 oz Vodka
2 oz of fresh lime juice
8 oz of Ginger Ale (or Ginger Beer)
Add all ingredients together over ice and serve.

Caipiroska

1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 of a lime cut into 4 wedges
2 Teaspoons of sugar
Place the lime wedges at the bottom of an 8 oz glass, pour sugar over top and muddle ingredients. Add ice and pour vodka over ingredients. Serve.

Try some of the Absolut Pitcher recipes here courtesy of Absolut.com. Special thanks toTheFiftyBest.com, a great resource on current vodka brand in the market.

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Posted by on October 3, 2010 in Daily Holidays, Vodka

 

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