Drink Review: Harlan D Wheatley CLIX Vodka

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An impressive entry into the premium vodka market under the name of Harlan D Wheatley, master distiller at Buffalo Trace. CLIX is 159 in Roman numerals, the number of distillations used to produce the batches blended to produce this clean and crisp spirit.

Harlan D Wheatley CLIX Vodka Review:

Color: Clear. Recommended for filling ice cubes. Length: 3.5 inches. Served at room temperature.

Nose: Herbal, green melon, sweet, slightly citrus.

Palate: Clean, fresh, sweet, mint with a slight licorice finish.

As CLIX is the first wheat vodka from Buffalo Trace, it’s an excellent start for a distillery with a history of wheat whiskey (Wheaties and Mellow Corn). The finish is slightly sweet but also hints of licorice which can be enhanced with a dash of soda or tonic. However, I recommend drinking this spirit neat or with tonic.

Harlan D Wheatley CLIX Vodka Review:

I need to add some words about Harlan D. Wheatley to this review. Wheatley is very well versed in the art of distilling, and has the experience to bring a new distillation concept to botanical distillation. However more importantly, Wheatley is the first black Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Even the photos on their website neglect to use a black model or even a black bottle. It’s also worth noting that Buffalo Trace Distillery has a history of living history – a fantastic place that has a history of inviting guests to learn the distilling process. The Distillery even has a history of restoring two pre-civil war distilleries on their property.

The master distiller is also the 2nd generation master distiller at Buffalo Trace. CLIX vodka is the product of a long line of experimentation within the distillery. Wheatley has even been quoted to say “If I know what we’re trying to achieve, then I know how to achieve it”.

Harlan D Wheatley CLIX Vodka Review:

(CLIX should be served ice cold)

The finish is slightly sweet and the spirit leaves a fresh minty taste in your mouth.

The white wheat in the vodka gives the spirit a unique taste which is both crisp and clean, with a slight sweetness that goes down easy.

Harlan D Wheatley CLIX Vodka Review:

A great vodka that tastes perfect neat or with tonic, as well as in a variety of mixed drinks.

CLIX is a great all rounder Russian vodka with a smooth and clean taste. The spirit can be served with most mixed drinks such as Vodka Vodka Martinis or even with tonic. I found CLIX was better than Grey Goose vodka and Tito’s Smokeless.

CLIX Vodka is also gluten free, and is made with organic rye, & sweet corn and 100% organic wheat. The vodka is also non-gmo and has a medium body.

Harlan D Wheatley CLIX Vodka Review:

Overall Clix vodka is a great vodka that has more characteristics of a premium vodka and it can be even be compared to Grey Goose and Tito’s.

If I could compare CLIX Vodka to another vodka brand it would have to be Ketel One. If your local bar doesn’t stock CLIX, I suggest asking for it as a Grey Goose alternative.

CLIX Vodka is sold online and in some of the best bars in the world, so make sure to pick up some for yourself.

Written by Mark Adams


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