U'Luvka reconjures the spirit of a legendary vodka created by a famous alchemist at the court of King Sigismund III of Poland in the late 16th century.
The fashion at court was to drink vodka from glasses without bases. Once filled, a glass could not be put down until the entire contents had been drunk…
Legend has it that the court was suffering from hangovers. Distillation methods were still somewhat crude by today's standards and it didn't take many toasts to set you up badly for the following day's work. In a bid to prevent affairs of state from grinding to a halt, the King and Queen commissioned their court alchemist Sendivogius to create a spirit of such exceptional balance and purity that the court might continue to make their traditional toasts by night and run the country effectively by day.
Sendivogius applied his alchemical magic and created a royal elixir of rare quality. The court was soon back on its feet, while Sendivogius, despite his preference for anonymity, went on to become one of the most influential figures of his times. He crowned his scientific career as the first person to isolate oxygen.
Alchemy is all about achieving transformation through the isolation and purification of essential principles. This is the essence of U'Luvka. Working with Poland's finest modern alchemists, we have recreated Sendivogius' "unfathomable spell." The result is yours to enjoy.