There is such an abundance of exceptional distilleries and producers cropping up in the UK now that here at The Vineyard we wanted to give you the opportunity to taste the best of them. Each month throughout 2013 we are working with a different distillery to showcase the best of what Britain has to offer.
This month we introduce:
Black Cow Vodka is produced in Dorset and made from 100% cows’ milk. This is a totally unique concept that farmer Jason Barber took from a nomadic Siberian tribe called Tuva who have been using milk from their herds for many centuries to then ferment and make a spirit.
Although the idea may sound crazy, it is actually quite simple – you begin by making cheese. During this process you will separate the milk into curds and whey. Jason will take the curds and send them off to be made into his award winning cheese. The whey, which is usually considered a by product and discarded, is fermented into something much like a beer using a very special strain of yeast that converts the natural sugar in the milk to alcohol. This is then distilled, triple filtered and then bottled.
Only 300 bottles are produced from each batch of this brilliantly hand crafted and artisan vodka. It has an amazing mouth feel, which lends itself well to enjoying on its own or also in cocktails. Here at The Vineyard we have created some fantastic cocktails using this brilliant vodka. Alternatively we recommend drinking it with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water, plenty of ice and a slice of lemon.
Black Cow Martini – £13.00
Black Cow Vodka stirred with dry vermouth; garnished with a twist of lemon
Milk & Honey – £13.00
Black Cow Vodka shaken with honey, lemon, apple and clove syrup and egg white