A long-forgotten recipe has been brought back to life to produce the UK’s first vodka distilled with Scottish oats and pure mountain spring mineral water.
The premium quality vodka, Brochan, has been developed using recipes found in 19th century distiller’s journals, which used oats to sweeten and soften distillates, resulting in what its makers claim to be an “exceptionally smooth spirit”.
The brand’s owner, Colonsay Beverages, which also produces Wild Island Botanic Gin and a range of craft beers, believes it is the only producer in the UK making vodka with oats.
“For a spirit renowned for its neutrality of flavour, we have been astounded by the rich and creamy spirit that the oats help to produce”, explained Chris Nisbet, head of production at Colonsay Beverages.
The oats are added to the stills along with wheat and a small amount of rye, in keeping with these ancient recipes, to create a triple-grain spirit which is then distilled five times in an 1800s refurbished copper pot still.
The initial production of only 1,800 bottles is being carried out by Master Distillers at Langley which has been producing award winning quality spirits under family ownership using the most traditional methods for over 100 years.
Director and head of sales and marketing at Colonsay Beverages, Keith Bonnington said: “We began working on the concept well over a year ago with head distiller Rob Dorsett and his team.
“Using golden Scottish oats from farms in the fertile Lowlands and ‘small oats’ from the Hebrides, along with two other grains - wheat for lightness and rye for subtle spiciness - we believe that we have created one of the most perfectly balanced, smoothest sipping vodkas on the market.”
Nisbet, who oversees the company’s Distiller’s Cut range of island distilled gins on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Colonsay, added that the uncompromising focus on quality extended to the ‘cutting’ water they use, sourcing a unique Scottish mountain spring water to compliment the distillate: “The unique water we have sourced flows off the Cairngorm mountains into natural springs which supply a popular Highland Spa town and its unrivalled purity and neutral pH value was tested against other water sources to verify its qualities. The result of going this extra mile is a crisp and clean, delicately flavoured product unlike any other vodka we have tasted.”
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