King Peter owes its name to the founder of St. Petersburg, Tsar Peter I The Great, considered as the father of this legendary drink. The story goes that during one of his military campaigns for control of the Baltic, he discovered a passion for a liquor extracted from golden rye on the Polish plains, known by the area’s inhabitants as wodka (little water).
After the Great Northern War, the Tsar didn’t hesitate to appropriate the formula and take it to St. Petersburg, where the it became gentrified among Russian high society of the time, to the extent that vodka was the drink of choice at endless palace parties.
Over the years, refined distilling techniques in Russia led to the development of vodkas of crystalline purity and extremely high quality, particularly among the noble classes who considered its production as a privilege. This was the time that charcoal, maple wood and quartz sand treatments were being discovered, all of which helped to increase the product’s quality. King Peter is the rebirth of the recipe discovered by Peter the Great during his journey, used to create one of the most internationally recognised ultra-premium Polish vodkas. For a long time this recipe was reserved for government members and the nobility, who enjoyed all of the most exclusive parties thrown by Peter the Great.
The recipe remained hidden for many years before being rescued by King Peter, and is now used as a basis for creating the best Polish vodka King Peter’s purity dates back to the times of Peter the Great, when the nobility took charge of vodka preparation. This led to an enormous leap in quality and the quintuple distillation process used today, as well as the charcoal-based vodka filtering process.