Pacifica Vodka was inspired by an early form of Vodka called “Starka” that originated in eastern Europe during the 1500s. Oak barrels were filled, then buried at the birth of a child so the end spirit would be smooth and complex when served at the child’s wedding.
Tripp Distillery uses a far less time intensive version of the Starka process. The short time spent in the oak barrel allows the Vodka to mellow without modern machines, while still maintaining a neutral flavor profile.
Our rum is bottled at cask strength. This allows the spirit to capture all the complexity derived from the combination of our organic ingredients, copper still, oak barrels, and low temperature, spirit maturation process.
Pacifica Vodka begins its life as organic rum kept in oak barrels just long enough for the chemical reactions between oxygen, carbon and alcohol to settle the bold flavors of the spirit. Once mellowed, the rum is filtered and re-distilled by hand in our copper pot still where it is reborn as Pacifica Vodka.
Traditional rums are aged in the warm, tropical climate of the Carribean where oak barrels breathe fast, allowing the rum to mature quickly. Pacifica rum is aged in our coastal facility in Northern California where the cold waters of the Pacific create barrel temperatures comparable to the conditions in Scotland. It's a slow process, but one worth the wait.