When Broken Shed sent me material to review their vodka I was greatly interested. In fact, trying vodka was something that I had put off in my life and is one of the things I wanted to experience. Vodka was an alien drink to me. What was the interest anyway? And what should I be looking for? In many ways I have put off things that other adults do, leaving me at times to feel left out of the mix (if you will).
The next step I knew I had to take was to share it with friends. That was easy. They are vodka drinkers, after all, and were eager to “share” a bottle of it. I could fast forward here and say that the bottle was finished less than 3 hours later, and that they truly loved the brand saying it was, better than Absolute and that it was utterly,” ok he did say absolutely delicious. This prompted me to look into vodka as a product and find out what it is that makes people keep going back for more. Then, in what I imagined to be a sharp drink turned out to be fascinating and delicious.
My friends, John and David, brought themselves over to Vicki’s Upper East Side apartment for her happy hour at 6 pm on a recent Friday, and it quickly turned into 9:30 pm and the bottle was empty. What she had on reserve would not do. The men were not interested in downing another brand after this delight that they mixed with lime, club soda, and cranberry juice-cold over ice and the bouncy conversation was memorable when we were in it but what were we talking about, anyway?
Mixologist, Columbine Quillen on her page Q Mix a lot writes, “Vodka means little water in Russian, coming from the Russian word voda. Vodka is a distilled beverage from fermented grain, potatoes, or fruit. Vodka typically has 40% alcohol which was a standard set by Russian Czar Alexander the third in 1894 for taxation reason a, without any additives. Vodka is the world’s most popular spirit.”
Quillen also writes that, “Most premium vodkas are distilled numerous times and at the end of distillation water is added to lower the proof. The water can impart a very distinct flavor to the vodka.” And that is what Broken Shed is claiming, “Broken Shed Vodka is distilled four times from New Zealand whey (the excess sugar generated from milk production), which has been distilled to the highest standards in New Zealand for over 25 years. Though few vodkas are distilled from whey, it is an excellent natural source for distillation of pure spirit. Broken Shed Vodka is free of additives and blends two distinct water sources from New Zealand, one from Central Otago on the South Island and the other from East Tamaki on the North Island. After testing ten different water sources from all over New Zealand, the team at Broken Shed believes they have found the water with the perfect character to blend with the whey spirit.”
“New Zealand is the perfect place to make vodka,” says Mark Simmonds, cofounder. “We have excellent water — some of the most desired and tastiest in the world —and the purest spirit made from whey. Combined with our craft blending and filtering techniques, we’re able to make a smooth and award winning
In “A History of Vodka,” by William Pokhlyobkin, he concluded that Russia’s first grain-based vodka could have been distilled at the premises of the Chudov Monastery in the Moscow Kremlin by a monk called Isidore circa 1430. Apparently, the distillation technology spread to the city of Moscow itself in 1440s. Pokhlyobkin suggests that both prohibition and drunkenness are scourges which encourage one another. He suggests that irresponsible and uncultured ways of consuming vodka make people drunk, not vodka itself.”
I could say I’ll drink to that or bottoms up and some may think that a bottle shared by 4 adults is not a big deal. Buy it. It is delicious. Mix it with club soda, orange juice, over ice-sit with friends and indulge. Don’t wait the years like I did-or you will truly miss out on a fine moment.