At The Merchant Hotel we take our cocktails seriously. So seriously we won the prestigious World's Best Cocktail Bar at the world renowned 'Tales of the Cocktail Award'. So what is the secret to this success?
Firstly of course a lot of hard work, dedication and years and years of experience. But the second element is an obsessive attention to detail. Whether it is our twice frozen hand carved ice or the fact that all of our juices and tinctures are crafted on site by hand, every process is completed to perfection.
However, all of that hard work and attention to detail is nothing without the right base products for our drinks. We regularly review our portfolio to ensure we are using the best possible liquor. One of our favorite Vodka's is Absolut Elyx.
Aboslut Elyx is made in Åhus, Sweden, exclusively from single estate wheat from the Råbelöf Castle, where they have been producing wheat since the 1400s. The wheat grown here contains exactly the right amount of water and has the perfect balance of starch. From seed to bottle, everything is done within a 15-mile radius of the distillery, ensuring quality control and perfection in every detail. Elyx is manually distilled in a 1921 copper rectification still known as Column 51, made entirely of copper. It is operated by a selected few who inherited their knowledge and expertise from past generations of spirit and vodka makers. The manual operation and the old copper still naturally catalyses trace compounds in the spirit, purifying the vodka and adding a highly prized silky texture and taste.
The resulting product has similar characteristics to the original Absolut marque, but where the wheat is the dominant flavor profile in the original, Elyx has citrus notes of grapefruit and lime, a silky smooth texture, a hint of spice, and a smooth, clean finish. It's also has a slight hint of butterscotch, macadamia nut, caramel, and a bit of the low wheat note found in the original. It's a delicious vodka so we recommend sticking to simple cocktails or simply on the rocks.