Moo-ving on up: World’s first milk vodkaBy Becky Paskin
The world’s first pure milk vodka, made in Dorset, England, is gaining favour amongst Britain’s bartenders and consumers looking for something a bit different.
Produced by farmer Jason Barber, Black Cow Vodka is the only vodka in the world distilled entirely from whey.
Since launching at local farm shops and delis in Southwest England in May last year, Black Cow has since gained listings at specialist retailers including Fortnum & Masons and Selfridges, and high-profile on-trade outlets including Salvatore at The Playboy Club and The Fat Duck.
Inspired by a TV documentary about a small Siberian community that produces vodka from yak’s milk, Barber took three years to perfect his formula.
Milk from his 250-strong herd of dairy cows is separated into curds and whey with the liquid fermented into a beer. The milk beer is then distilled and “treated to a secret blending process”, before being triple-filtered and hand bottled.
Described as a “smooth vodka with a unique creamy character”, Black Cow Vodka is growing strongly.
The curds separated from the whey are used to create Barber’s 1833 Cheddar, which won the World Cheese Awards Cheddar Trophy in 2012.
Black Cow Vodka is not the only dairy-inspired spirit available. Earlier this year online retailer Master of Malt launched a Cream Gin in collaboration with London bar Worship Street Whistling Shop, while Bols launched the world’s first yoghurt liqueur in May 2012.
Black Cow Vodka is available for £27.85 for a 700ml bottle.