For most vodka makers, ten distillations would be excessive. For Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley, he didn’t stop until he reached 159 distillations when he created his namesake vodka, HDW CLIX. Named for Harlen Davis Wheatley, (HDW), and the Roman numerals denoting the number of times it was distilled, (159), the HDW CLIX project idea started ten years ago at Buffalo Trace Distillery.
The Buffalo Trace Distillery name has long been associated with superior quality. It has made no secret about trying to create the “holy grail” of bourbon. Now, that drive for quality has been extended to its vodka line with the creation of HDW CLIX, in what the company is calling “perfect vodka.”
Using only the finest specimens of soft red winter wheat, plump rye, yellow dent distiller’s grade corn and distiller’s malted barley, combined with a limestone rich supply of water, the distilling team at Buffalo Trace began a painstaking process of cooking, fermenting and distilling from an original 28,400 gallons of mash, dividing them down and re-distilling over a period of twelve months, resulting in 159 distillations, 332 gallons and 2,000 bottles of vodka. But, before the final bottling took place, the final product rested in a cool and dark stainless steel tank for 12 more months to ensure the smoothest finish before bottling.
But what does the perfect vodka taste like? The Buffalo Trace team describes it as this: HDW Clix vodka is polished and smooth upon entry. It is pleasing on the nose, reminiscent of the essence of fresh nectar. Elegant in style, the exclusive character is a combination of exquisite smoothness and interesting nuance. CLIX finishes quickly and clean making for a delicate, refined and stylish drinking experience.