The tales of how fruit spirit was first invented are
many, but the true origin of fruit spirit may never be
known. Thus, preparation of this valuable drink is an
ancient process that has lost its origin. The basic raw
materials for the production of fruit spirits are fruits
including wild fruits which stronger aroma making
them a valuable raw materials. Fruit spirits are
popular alcohol beverages due to their unique
flavour. They are consumed in various countries
all over the world. Very often fruit spirits represent
the national drink of the country, so the Armenians
are proud on their apricot, wild pear and cornel spirits.
KENSATU presents the most popular Armenian fruit
spirits made from cornelian cherries, apricots, wild
pears, peaches and blackthorns. The nice, unique and
pleasant aroma is common for all of them.Kensatu fruit vodka is produced in limited quantities exclusively come from organically grown Armenian fruits, collected from Ararat Valley, as well as Lori and Tavush forests.
The unusually rich, smooth taste of Kensatu’s collection of organic spirits is not the result of chemical flavoring. Only fully ripe and even overly ripe and not damaged fruits are used for the production of vodka. Before fermentation process, the fruits go through cleaning and destoning phase.
Due to the distillation and filtration methods, Kensatu offers two types of fruit vodka: Gold edition and Silver edition.
Sunlight is an essential ingredient for plant growth. Based on this fact, we came up with a legend in which each fruit has its own god of sun who is stimulating its growth. Gods and goddesses of Sun used their sacred energy to accomplish the creation of fruits and no human was ever participant in that celebration of life. The word “Kensatu” in Armenian means “life-giving”, that's what the celebration symbolized: Gods giving life to their offsprings consuming their abundance and becoming invigorated eventually to be gladfully served to the earthly men as creatures of pleasure.
BACK TO THE ROOTS
My ancestors are from Western Armenia, from Erzrum. They emigrated to the southern borders of the Russian Empire in the middle of the 19th century, and settled in a city called Akhaltskha (currently in Georgia). Since ancient times Akhaltskha is known as the land of arts and crafts. It is also known as the homeland of many prominent Armenians. The world's most famous Armenian, Charles Aznavour, and his ancestors are from Akhaltskha. My grandfather, Karapet Nahapetyan (Deve Karo, born in 1887), was a well-known cooper. Renowned winemakers of the time, both in the city and surrounding areas only used the barrels of his manufacture. They said that a good wine should mature in barrels made by the Nahapetyans. Interaction with famous wine makers was the nature of his work, and he learned a great deal about wine making throughout his lifetime. This knowledge and experience was passed on to his son.
My grandfather, Mikhail Nahapetyan (1927), inherited his father's experience, set up a small vineyard and made his own production of wine and grape vodka - Chacha. The wine was matured in barrels inherited from his father. One cannot put into words how much he enjoyed it! Vodka was distilled in copper boilers, and although 57-63% strong, it was very smooth and pleasant to drink. When treating his vodka to his guests, he would say that this is a divine, life-giving drink.
They say there are things that are best passed on from grandparents to their grandchildren. It certainly seems so…
Staying true to my roots and family traditions, I founded the Nahapet Brand Company in 2017 to service the knowledge and experience of my ancestors to craft the divine, life-giving beverage - the Kensatu.