Emporia Brands are proud to announce that Staritsky & Levitsky, the first super-premium vodka produced and distilled in the birthplace of grain vodka, Ukraine, has appointed Dainius Kazlauskas as its UK Brand Ambassador. Working with Emporia Brands, the vodka brands UK distributor, Dainius will be touring the UK over the coming months, visiting Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London amongst others, and showing off a variety of unique serves of the Ukraine expressions including Staritsky & Levitsky Reserve, Private Cellar and Distil No.9.
The Lithuanian has been within the UK bar scene since 2004, and has worked at some of London’s best including National Café, Casino at the Empire, Cinnamon Soho, Bison Bar at Home House and Pachamama Bar and Grill Peruvian Restaurant in Marylebone.
Staritsky & Levitsky was founded by a group of vodka enthusiasts, passionate about reviving the heritage and traditions of authentic, small batch vodka distillation in the historic birthplace of the vodka production. After years of field trips, tastings and recipe research in the geographic “vodka belt” of Europe, they found the perfect place for their venture in the city of Lviv, in Ukraine, close to the Polish border and the protected Carpathian mountains with their crystal clear water wells, and with access to Ukraine’s black soil, which produces unique grains for distillation.
They craft all their spirits from single grain Ukrainian wheat, which is distilled five times in traditional copper stills before being filtered twice through charcoal and twice through rhinestone. The resulting vodka rests for an extensive time to gain its delicate balance and maturity.
Staritsky & Levitsky is already being enjoyed at some of London’s premium venues including Novikov and Mahiki, as well as supporting Cocktails in the City and on the shelf at Master of Malt, The Drink Shop, Gerry’s and Hedonism Wines.