Bill’s Package Store likes to keep you In-The-Know about spirits. This month we’re giving you the 411 on Vodka.
Let’s start from the beginning… What is Vodka?
According to Wikipedia, Vodka is a clear distilled alcoholic beverage with different varieties originating in Poland and Russia. It is composed primarily of water and ethanol, but sometimes with traces of impurities and flavorings. Traditionally it is made by distilling the liquid from cereal grains or potatoes that have been fermented, though some modern brands use fruits or sugar as the base. Vodka is so popular in many cocktails because it tastes like whatever you want to make it taste like.
- Ketel One is distilled by the Nolet family in Schiedam, the Netherlands. Dutch distillers refer to pot stills as ketels. When Carolus Nolet perfected his vodka recipe, he named it after the distillery’s oldest, coal-fired copper pot, Distilleerketel #1.
- Absolut is a proud weirdo in the vodka world. Absolut sources its water from local Swedish wells that are 450 feet deep, which means that it had to push its way through Swedish bedrock for thousands of years. Absolut is made with 100% winter wheat from 338 local farms.
- Tito’s is the best-selling vodka in the country. The guy behind Tito’s is Bert “Bertito” Beveridge. (yes, his last name is Beveridge) He originally began with a homemade 16-gallon pot still that was fashioned out of two Dr. Pepper kegs and a turkey-frying rig. Today, the distillery covers about 26 acres. Tito’s is made from (all-American) corn. He uses corn because he believes corn retains some of its smoothness after distillation. (Tito’s distills its corn mash six times) And since it’s made from corn, it’s gluten-free.
- Grey Goose is clear, odorless and technically flavorless. French Flare: The wheat for Grey Goose is grown in Picardy and distilled there, before being sent to Cognac for filtration. The water it’s made from is filtered through limestone from the Champagne region. It is made with soft winter wheat, grown in France.
You can check out these brands along with a slew of other great wines and spirits when you stop in at Bill’s Package Store.
Call (931)647-5566 or visit at 1651 Fort Campbell Blvd Clarksville, TN 37042.