West Hollywood, CA(Spiritsman)12/15/12/—Le Petit Hermitage Hotel in West Hollywood is rapidly becoming the place in Los Angeles for the launch of a high profile liquor and this week was no exception. Spiritsman was at the west coast launch of the elit pristine water series-Himalayan edition, the highest rated white spirit in the world.
Only three hundred bottles have been produced globally at $3000 a pop, so they are expected to be snapped up pretty quickly by the rich and famous for the holiday period. There was a bottle on display at the party and I did get the chance to fondle and feel it, but regrettably not taste it.
However Stolichnaya cocktails were superbly prepared by the hotel mixologists for the assembled media, bar and restaurant owners and distributors at the event.
What makes this drink special is the water which comes from the Langtang National Park in the heart of the Himalayas. Sherpas have to ship the water down from the mountains, where it has been formed from the perpetual melting of snow.
It is then combined with winter wheat from the Tambov region in Russia, which is situated alongside the Kershinskoye water reservoir. The wheat is free of all impurities, and then the ingredients are mechanically filtered to remove imperfections. Last step in the process is a freeze-filtration process to ensure zero imperfections in the final mix.
After those lengths it is then distilled into the worlds most precious vodka, and housed in a one of a kind bottle. The bottle is made from hand blown Bohemian glass, and then sealed with a gold-plated decorative ice pick. The bottle then rests in an individually numbered hand-made walnut carved chest. Seems like a pity to even drink this stuff after a production like this, but no doubt some of the lucky purchasers will.
Tasting notes we were told are as follows;
APPEARANCE: Crystal-clear, slightly viscous
NOSE: Exceptionally clean and neutral, fresh and engaging w/aromas of citrus and fruit Blossoms
TASTE: Lively and clean
FINISH: Long and elegant with a velvety smooth finish.
Craftsmanship. Perfection. Exclusivity. These words are often used, so often in fact that with each use they lose some of their weight, some of their meaning, until they become empty shells devoid of any significance. But then, every so often, something comes along, something of such undeniable craftsmanship, such flawless perfection and such precious rarity that its very existence restores power, weight and credibility to these words.
That is why elit™ by Stolichnaya® proudly presents the elit pristine water series: The Himalayan Edition. We have taken great care to handcraft this unique vodka of unprecedented perfection and exclusivity for your discerning palate.
Where the earth meets the sky, in one of the furthest and most remote corners of the world lies Langtang National Park in the heart of the Himalayan Mountain range. There, water is formed from the perpetual melting of snow and begins its long journey through countless layers of rock to an internal reservoir 3000 meters above sea level. From there, the water that will create the most exclusive vodka in the world is sourced. Once the natural spring water has been sourced it is passed through mechanical filters to remove any impurities while keeping its unique natural composition & characteristics. The purity of the water source adds to the pristine nature of the limited edition series.
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