Only 2,000 bottles of this vodka, which was distilled an astounding 159 times, have ever been produced.
Situated on the Kentucky River in Frankfort, Buffalo Trace Distillery takes its name from an ancient pathway that migrating buffalo used when travelling westward. The trail was well-known among American pioneers and was eventually used by Native Americans and American settlers who crossed the Ohio River and followed the buffalo trace to the Western frontier.
CLIX Vodka was made using soft red winter wheat, plump rye, yellow dent corn and malted barley. After the ingredients were sourced, Wheatley began the painstakingly slow process of cooking and fermenting the grains. Over the course of the next year, 28,400 gallons of mash were distilled an astounding 159 times through a custom-designed series of copper and stainless steel stills. (CLIX is Roman numeral equivalent of 159.) "It was a diligent process that resulted in 159 separate distillations," Wheatley sheepishly admits. Ultimately, only 332 gallons of vodka — enough for approximately 2,000 bottles — were produced. Once distillation was complete, the vodka was placed into cool, dark stainless steel tanks for twelve months to ensure the smoothest finish.
Tasting Notes: Smooth and subtle, with a structure of vanilla, white pepper and a touch of cinnamon. Clean, with an elegant, soft finish.