Distillation

Heritage & Distillation

There is a legend, that more than 600 years ago Queen Elizabeth, the wife of Karoly Robert Hungarian King had severe pain and she was treated with rosemary infused aqua vitae. The miracle elixir cured the Queen and since then a new era started. Palinka, as they call this nectar today, is very deeply rooted in Hungarian culture, part of the everyday life. 

 

A Masterpiece Defined

Fruits are grown in Hungary, carefully selected and picked by hand

Single distilled using copper pot still to capture each and every aroma

Crystal clear spring water is added to achieve the ideal 40% alcohol strength

 

Foreplay

Act #01 – The fruit

Timing and quality is inevitable. After careful selection, only perfectly ripe, flawless fruits are hand-picked for distillation.

Act #02 – Fermentation

Fruits are cleaned and crushed before arriving to the fermentation stage. The fragrant ferment has to be kept at a certain temperature, with the help of natural yeasts sugar starts transforming into alcohol. The process is slow, it can last for several weeks.

Main Act

Act #03 – Distillation

It is science and art at the same time, the alpha and the omega. Making a decision when to separate the different layers of a distillate to keep only the aromas that replicate the fruit, requires years of experience and precision. Patience and persistence are what creates excellence and uniqueness.

After Piece

Act #04 – Resting

After distillation, 3-6 months resting follows in order to bring all the aromas together, letting flavours to mature and develop to create the final characteristic of BARKA.

Act #05 – Bottling

Before bottling this immaculate masterpiece, fresh spring water is added to reach the ideal strength where all the aromas can thrive. The spirit is carefully filtered for outstanding purity resulting in a crystal clear liquid capturing myriad aromas with different volatility and intensity.