Lessons in Vodka

vodka

So what exactly makes vodka, well, “vodka”? By definition, it is “neutral spirit distilled or treated after distillation with charcoal or other materials so as to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color”. The word Vodka comes from Russia meaning little water and was originally made there from rye grain, but vodka can virtually be made from anything that ferments including barley, grapes, milk, or, in our case, corn.  A specific vodka-making yeast is used that to convert the sugar into ethanol. This product is then distilled and the ethanol and water separate due to the different in boiling points. The alcohol must reach 190 proof to be considered a vodka during distillation, which eliminates the majority of odors and tastes. Only after this process is complete can our master distiller then add water to proof the product down to palatable levels. This is the point where we craft our vodka’s distinct flavor using a proprietary filtration technology.  The process varies slightly when we create a flavored vodka by adding fresh organic caviar limes or strawberries, but the end result is still a fantastic vodka!

caivar limes strawberries

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