When seeking great Vodka Zyr looks no further than Russian-made. It is one of the nation’s top Vodka created by David Katz. Wine Enthusiast awarded Zyr a perfect 100- point rating and Katz won the double gold from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Vodka is considered to be the most quintessential spirit!
Katz began his Vodka journey many years ago due to his fascination with Russia. It led him to study Russian in college and to even study abroad in Moscow. Katz later moved there after graduating, which helped him perfect his Russian language skills. He was hired by the Brooke Group, now Vector Group in marketing and manufacturing.
Katz moved back to the USA around 2000 and considered importing Russian Vodka. He sampled all of the vodka brands hitting the USA market. His initial goal was to find a Vodka brand and import it to the USA. After more than a dozen trips and touring over 40 factories throughout Russia in 2000-2002, his thoughts changed.
The Russian vodkas were good but he was not pleased that it had added sugars, glycerin, and lactic acid. Katz wanted to develop pure Vodka, which led him to the decision that makes his own recipe. Katz realized his vodka needed to be made from a blend of Russian winter wheat and rye. It is pricier but was the taste Katz wanted for his brand. He also invested in a patented bottle design that makes it beautiful to display in your home or restaurant.
When Zyr first hit the USA market, it had gone through 9 filtrations, 5 distillations, and 3 tastings. That same process continues today.
Katz began selling his Zyr Vodka in July 2002 in two locations, NYC and the Hamptons. His next step was to move operations out of NYC to South Beach Florida where he and his small team worked out of his apartment.
When Zyr first hit the USA market, it had gone through 9 filtrations, 5 distillations, and 3 tastings. That same process continues today. ZYR competes successfully with all the major brands.
“Centuries of Russian Vodka making traditions are integrated with the most innovative and filtration distillation technology available today. Zyr starts with clean, naturally filtered water from Russia’s North West, not far from the Finnish border. The water is then filtered five times in preparation for its marriage to the fermented blend of grains. After the five distillations of Zyr’s mash, Zyr is filtered four more times using carefully selected birch tree charcoal granules to remove any remaining impurities and round out the taste,” David Katz.
Zyr won World Spirits Competition back in 2002/03, which is the highest rating from Wine Enthusiast.
"Palate entry reflects the spirit's Russian heritage as the dry-off taste of grain mash blankets the tongue in richly textured waves" – Wine Enthusiast
Zyr Vodka is pure, blended with softened water, and filtered then bottled.
Thanks to its innovator David Katz, we now have a Russian Vodka here in the USA that is the finest on the market. For Vodka lovers, this is the brand you will want to purchase.
A great summer Zyr recipe to enjoy.
ZYR Summer Punch
1.5oz Zyr Vodka
Large batch15 oz Zyr
2.5 oz Elderflower Liqueur
2.5 oz Grapefruit liqueur
7.5 oz Lemon Juice
5 oz Strawberry Syrup
Top with Rose Prosecco
Garnish with mint and strawberry
Below are some local NYC stores that carry Zyr Vodka
You can learn more about Zyr Vodka at: https://zyrvodka.com/