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Once upon a time vodka from the Slavic lands of its origin had taste, character and a spirit of place. But over the past two centuries governments, big business and globalization have turned it into a largely tasteless industrial spirit suitable only for mixing with something else. Vodkas are now distinguishable, one from another, more by their expensive packaging than by anything in the bottle itself. Purity, the commercial producer’s holy grail, means three, four and sometimes five separate distillations, each successive rectification stripping the spirit of further dignity and character.
At Vestal Vodka we see purity as a more homely and down–to–earth quality. We pick our potatoes early when they are small and full of flavour.
We are fussy about which variety we plant and exactly where they are grown, aware that what a French winemaker would call terroir is equally important in our business.
We distil just once to capture and retain all the exotic aromas and tastes that give each of our small batches their spirit of both time and place. We print the year of production on the bottle because we can never make exactly the same spirit in successive years. Finally, we use simple old-fashioned vodka bottles and equally simple packaging. What’s in the bottle is more important than the shape of it.