Following the great success of our ‘Gin Palace’, Wetherspoon pubs across the UK and Republic of Ireland are now offering customers a new spirit collection – in our ‘Vodka Distillery’.
Already a popular drink of choice, our SKYY, Absolut and Absolut Vanilia vodkas have been joined by two newcomers to the Wetherspoon vodka selection.
Zubrowka and Stolichnaya have been added to the range now available in the new Wetherspoon ‘Vodka Distillery’.
Zubrowka is the original bison-grass vodka. From Polish kings to herds of bison, from primeval forests to rare blades of grass, the Zubrowka story has been fascinating people for over six centuries. The story begins over 600 years ago, when Polish alchemists first mastered the art of vodka-distilling. The legend grew in the primeval Bialowieza Forest, a remote ancient woodland shrouded in mystery, unchanged for 6,000 years. Under this vast green canopy, blades of aromatic bison grass grew sparsely, in secret sunlit glades, known only to the roaming herds of European bison and 21 local grass-picking families. When the unique and distinctive essence of bison grass was added to local small-batch golden-rye vodka, it transformed it, adding the natural herbaceous and soft almond-like vanilla scent of the bison grass.
Produced in the magnificent Latvijas Balzams, in Riga, a cathedral to vodka built by order of the Tsar in 1901, Stolichnaya premium vodka is a classically styled, exceptionally smooth vodka, crystal clear in colour, with marshmallow, mineral and mild fruit peel aromas.
Vodka, the pure, clean spirit, originated somewhere in northeastern Europe, the exact location unknown, in around 1400 AD. Russians and Poles will always argue who drank it first, but the popularity of the ‘white drink’ has since spread across the globe.
Vodka, derived from voda, literally translated as ‘water’, was discovered in the colder regions of Europe and Asia, when distillers realised that their fermented wine became more potent after freezing, through the low winter temperatures. With advanced distilling techniques, brought from the west in the 1400s and 1500s, the Slavic peoples were able to refine their vodka to create high-quality alcohol, which would become the trademarks of their countries.
Vodka is a neutral spirit, without distinctive character, aroma, taste or colour. These properties are developed during the distillation process or by treating crudely distilled spirits with activated carbon or other materials. Vodka is usually not aged and can be made from grains, potatoes, sugars, fruits or just about anything else which can be fermented to produce alcohol. The most popular vodka is made from grain, which is mashed, fermented and distilled.The grain is milled, hot water added, together with enzymes and some citric acid, for the mashing process.
The contents of the mash are then cooled and yeast added, for fermentation, which is usually a five-day process, converting the sugar to alcohol. Next, distillation. Number of times distilled and type of distillation depend on the vodka being produced. More often, ‘times distilled’ has very little effect on the quality of the spirit. How a distiller distils is more important than the quantity of distillations.
The pure alcohol is then blended with water, before being filtered. Clear spirits are often filtered three times, but, again, quality and type are more important than quantity.