According to the makers of Xellent, they didn’t invent vodka but they did perfect it.
Xellent is produced using 100% Swiss raw materials. The basic ingredient used in Xellent vodka is pure, top-quality Swiss rye cultivated in the alpine foothills of central Switzerland.
The starch in the ground rye is released, liquefied, converted to grain sugar and gently fermented in a three-step process. During the first stage the fermented mash is carefully distilled in a traditional, small copper alembic. In the second phase, the raw spirit is purified in a reflux still consisting of a small copper column with 45 plates.
DIWISA is the only distillery that possesses equipment of this kind. The spirit is then distilled a third time to remove any remaining impurities, a process that also refines and harmonizes the flavour of the spirit. At this point, the vodka has an alcohol content of over 96% vol. After resting for several months, the vodka is diluted with water.
The water used in Xellent is critical and comes from the Titlis glacier at the heart of central Switzerland. The water is soft, rich in oxygen and minerals, and elegantly underscores the fine flavour of rye vodka. Gradually, the pure, clear glacier water with its own distinctive flavour is added to the high-percentage vodka. Its slight alkalinity also helps to make Xellent, in contrast to other acidic spirits, virtually neutral.
To complete the process and give Xellent Swiss vodka its excellent flavour, the spirit is now filtered several times. The result is a pure, slightly sweet-tasting spirit, consisting of nothing but vodka and water. It is a genuinely unique Swiss quality product with a note of exclusivity.