I attended a special vodka tasting recently. I was curious, how does something known for being clear, tasteless and odorless warrant a tasting event?
As a strategic marketer, I’m passionate about the authentic characteristics of people and products. So at the tasting, when presented with an array of international award-winning spirits, I was fascinated to learn that vodkas vary not only by their distinctive names, bottle and label designs, but by raw ingredients like potato, barley, corn, grapes and milk (yes milk!). The basic water ingredient ranged from sources like springs, glaciers and milk (yes milk!). Different filtering systems like copper, diamonds or charcoal removed impurities, and the number of times the vodka was filtered delivered unique character and taste.
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So how did I choose which vodkas to taste? If you haven’t already guessed, my interest was piqued by Black Cow vodka from West Dorset, UK. Check out the bottle, label, logo and description to see how they made their invisible product visible.
“Made from the milk of grass grazed cows, used exclusively to produce this exceptionally smooth spirit. Delicately fragrant with aromas of hay and light citrus the palate is creamy and followed by a clean finish.”