XDar Vodka Resumes Production in Ukraine
by David Klemt
Over the past several weeks, the people of Ukraine have shown the world their resilience, tenacity, and refusal to submit to Russia.
The sovereign European nation has endured attacks and atrocities that began on February 24 of this year. Nearly six weeks since the invasion, Ukraine has resisted and repelled the vaunted Russian military.
There’s no end in sight. The world is learning daily about the atrocities and possible war crimes being perpetrated in Ukraine.
Because of this, any good news coming from Ukraine is welcome.
“Gift of Grain”
Incredibly, Ukrainian distiller XDar Vodka is resuming production. The brand, whose name translates to “gift of grain,” is reopening their distillery.
Now, this is all no small feat: XDar Vodka’s distillery is in the Cherkassy region of Ukraine. So, when I say XDar Vodka is a Ukrainian product, I mean they distill their spirits in Ukraine.
This wheat vodka is made using the region’s artesian water. Impressively, the result is a clean vodka that scored 92 points in the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
Further, XDar Vodka flies in the face of the “definition” of vodka. Supposedly, vodka is meant to be odorless, colorless, and flavorless. Not XDar.
Instead, tasting notes include wet sand, floral notes, vanilla, cotton candy, burnt sugar, and a touch of sweetness.
And yes, XDar does have distribution in North America via Liquorum Imports, Inc. In addition, XDar can be purchased through Royal Wine Merchants.
Those who want to try XDar Vodka as well as support this tenacious Ukrainian brand can also place orders through Drizly.
2022 marks XDar’s 20th anniversary. Obviously, this is bittersweet for the brand and its 4,400 employees.
To that point, XDar stopped production when Russia attacked Ukraine. However, the distillery continued to pay its workers.
“The people at XDar are committed to their employees,” says Natalya Kolosok of Liquorum Imports, Inc. “They are some of the strongest people in the world.”
Now, the brand is resuming production. According to the distillery, XDar is doing so safely. According to a statement from Kolosok, this is in part due to the desires of the distillery’s team.
“The employees, while grateful for the assistance, don’t just want a check, they want purpose,” says Kolosok. “They want to work, which is why, as safely as possible, XDar opened up their facility to resume production.”
That’s resilience. That’s tenacity. And those characteristics exemplify the people of Ukraine.
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