Vodka made from cows milk! Whey or nay?





A dairy farmer from Beaminster in West Dorest, has created the world’s first pure milk vodka, made entirely from the milk of grass grazed cows.

Jason Barber, a sixth-generation farmer, makes Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka from his herd of 250 dairy cows and the resulting spirit is said to be exceptionally smooth with a unique creamy character, and it has fast emerged as one of the must-have spirits in restaurants across the UK.

The Daily Mail intimate that Black Cow is now stocked in restaurants owned by Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, while celebrities such as Liz Hurley and Daniel Craig are reported fans.

The meticulous distillery process behind Black Cow Vodka has taken Barber three years to perfect after he was inspired by a documentary about Tuva, a small republic in Siberia, where locals use Yak milk to make vodka.

Black Cow is made from the same milk used to make Barber’s 1833 cheddar, winner of the World Cheese Awards Cheddar Trophy 2012, and according to their website the vodka is made from the whey proteins from the cow’s milk. The curds are used to make the aforementioned cheese, while the whey is fermented into a beer using special yeast that converts the “milk sugar” into alcohol.

The subsequent “milk beer” is distilled and the liquid then undergoes a unique blending process prior to being triple filtered and finished. The vodka is hand-bottled and it has already earned critical acclaim.

The Mail on Sunday’s food and drink writer Tom Parker Bowles said: “OK, so vodka made from milk doesn’t exactly sound enticing. But Black Cow Vodka is one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever tasted – wonderfully smooth and beautifully rounded.

"It’s made from the whey of proper Dorset milk and makes a Dirty Martini you’ll never forget."
 
To learn more or buy Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka go to their website: www.blackcow.co.uk  
 
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Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 

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