Malting: Rediscovering a centuries-old tradition
Until the 19th century, Polish vodka-makers relied on the age-old technique of malting: drying rye in fire kilns before distillation. This process naturally draws out the rich, nuanced taste that would otherwise remain hidden in the grain.
However, over time the vodka category expanded and technology evolved. Sadly, these old traditions faded out, and vodka became more associated with neutrality. Belvedere is proud to challenge this — we believe that rye, the heart of our brand, delivers a vodka with both distinctive taste and character.
Demonstrating this belief, our Master Rye Distillers have revived the tradition of malting to create Belvedere Heritage 176. With a process that includes steeping, sprouting, and heating Polska rye in kilns up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit, they have unlocked the hidden depths of rye for a true taste of vodka’s past.