As far as taste and quality are concerned, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that products by Gomel Distillery compare to none. Gomel-made vodkas and liquors owe their unique organoleptic characteristics to the marriage of centuries-old recipes and contemporary filtration technologies.

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The use of 100% natural components, including water that passes a multi-level filtration system, have been there to ensure highest safety standards. Natural water, which is vodka’s major ingredient, passes several cycles of multi-level filtration to acquire its authentic spring-water taste before it is mixed with premium-class

alcohol. It is water quality that vodka owes its soft taste to, so Gomels distilling experts are in a constant search for ideas how to further improve natural waters organoleptic characteristics. In 2004 the company launched a four-level water filtration station by RainSoft, which includes the following: 1. removing mineral admixtures with a silicon filter; 2. deironing with Manganese Green Sand; 3. softening with sulfonated coal and removing hardness salts; 4. deordorization, i.e. removing organic admixtures. Multi-level filtration improves quality and pushes water hardness levels below 0.05 millimole/decimetre3 (which is four times lower than the traditional 0.2 millimole/decimetre3 requirement). High-quality purified water is mixed with grain alcohol Deluxe or premium-class Polesse alcohol produced by the Polesse distilling branch of the enterprise. The company uses a two-stage silver filtration method to reach perfect vodka taste. For that purpose they use filters containing coal enriched with silver ions.

2-stage processing of vodka silver and platinum

Gomel Distillery was the first vodka producing company in Belarus to start using that technology. Silver-impregnated active charcoal sports impressive intake characteristics, while silver softens vodkas taste and deprives alcohol of its burning side effect. Then the mixture of water and alcohol passes through a coal filter with cocoanut shell elements impregnated with silver. The mixture is enriched with natural flavours in line with the centuries-old recipies. Now that the company has retooled its distilling facilities, with new tanks installed, every single sort of vodka is produced in stored in a separate tank. There is a two-cascade multi-cartridge filtration station that all vodkas pass for final polishing filtration before they get bottled. The polishers make Gomel vodkas crystal transparent. At the moment, there are 3 foreign-made bottling lines to offer vodka, tare capacity ranging from 0.25 to 1 litre. The bottling lines comply with the EU standards.

Bottle washer

Gomel uses an Italian-made corking facility that simultaneously installs a dispenser. Willett Inkjet Printers are used to carefully mark the bottling date on all vodkas. The storage facilities are equipped with up-to-date transportation and electronic registration machinery to facilitate instant fulfilment of customer orders.Every bottle leaving the bottling stations conveyer belt passes a series of inspections and tests at a certified laboratory. There is a quality control system spanning the entire production cycle, including raw materials supply. For final quality control they use a Hewlett Packard 6890 chromatograph that makes it possible to determine toxic admixture content in the water-alcohol mixture within a spectre of 9 parameters.

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