Harlen D. Wheatley CLIX Vodka

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: Unaged

Product of: Product of United States United States

Harlen Davis Wheatley is the Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace, the man behind the creation of this vodka. The 'CLIX' in the name refers to the number '159' expressed in Roman numerals, the number of distillations used to make this vodka. (Each plate in a column still is technically a distillation.)

HDW CLIX is made 2,000 bottles at a time from 143 different 200 gallon batches of wash fermented from different mash bills of corn, wheat, rye and malted barley. These are fermented and distilled over a period of six months in specially constructed copper and stainless steel still. After distillation the vodka is rested for 12 months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling.

Launched mid-November 2012, HDW CLIX is bottled in lead free crystal decanter presented in a hand-crafted burl wood case with shipping stopper and a crystal stopper, and each decanter is individually numbered. All that effort and craftsmanship goes some way to justify the $250 price tag.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 29/03/2013


Crystal clear.


Fairly neutral, flinty mineral nose with white pepper and very faint bready aroma.


Superbly clean with silky mouth feel. White cracked pepper with faint bready and aniseed notes. A splash of water releases more bready notes.


A continuation of the palate. Its good, but is it $250 good?

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Closure: Synthetic stopper

More about Harlen D. Wheatley CLIX Vodka

Produced by: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Owned by: Sazerac Company Inc.
UK distribution by: Hi-Spirits
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