80 Proof (ABV 40%)
Brilliant is our elite vodka. We are confident that we can put it on any table in the world with pride. The flavor is similar to our Crystal, although smoother, and it seems to transform magically into warm and pleasure as you swallow. In our tasting room (and in our home) we pour this vodka exclusively for sipping.
We purify this vodka much more rigorously in both the distilling and filtering stages. We make this vodka in very small amounts since, for the same amount of barley, we only get forty percent the final volume compared to when we are making Crystal.
Brilliant is our most prestigious vodka product. It comes bottled with a gold and red label.
Hoarfrost Distilling is a family owned and operated company in Fairbanks, Alaska that was created by husband and wife team Toivo Luick and Natalya Medvedeva. Our company was founded on making world-class vodka that can sit with pride on any table in the world. We chose to make vodka because it is traditional of northern countries and because of Alaska’s early history as Russian territory. Our vodka is made entirely by hand in our facility. When we began Hoarfrost Distilling Toivo designed most of the equipment and vodka-making process to achieve absolutely top-shelf smoothness and flavor from our Alaskan barley and water.
“When balancing art and science, I weight my approach to vodka towards science. Making consistent world-class vodka is a very technical process compared to, say, whiskey or brandy.”
“I began my fascination with vodka in the early 1990s when I first began planning an Alaskan vodka brand. Over the years I’ve consumed as many vodkas and as much vodka research as I could get my hands on.”
The master distiller of Hoarfrost Distilling is Toivo Luick. A lifelong Alaskan, Toivo was born in Fairbanks just 10 years after statehood. “I’ve traveled extensively, but never wished to live anywhere else. After graduating from the University of Alaska I have worked as a chemist and consistently pursued my dream of opening a distillery. I spent a lot of time discovering what makes a great vodka different from a poor one. There’s a lot of mythology and misinformation out there that had to be sorted through.” In 2007 Toivo married Natalya, a Russian woman, and in 2015 they started Hoarfrost Distilling together. “If I told you everything I’ve seen and done across Alaska you wouldn’t believe me, and the rest of the family is much more adventurous than I have ever been.”
New York INTL Spirits Competition Gold Medal Winner
EARL GREY MARTINI – The vodka is infused with earl grey tea. We put the vodka, a little simple syrup and lemon juice in our cocktail shaker with ice, shake it up, then we serve in a chilled martini glass with a lightly sugared rim.
LEMONDROP MARTINI – An absolute favorite. We make our own limoncello just for this cocktail. Into the shaker goes the vodka, limoncello, lemon juice and simple syrup. Then it’s shaken and strained into a chilled martini glass with a lemon zest sugar rim.