Whether your experience of vodka is from cheap supermarket own-brand versions in your student days, or you like to pretend to be a secret agent ordering a Vodka Martini, or you simply want to abide like The Dude and sip a White Russian, there’s more to this spirit than most people know! Here are our facts about vodka!
Filtering is not necessary and doesn’t guarantee quality
Higher-end brands are often marketed as being distilled and filtered multiple times, however, it doesn’t guarantee that it will be any better than an unfiltered vodka.
The point of filtration is to remove any unwanted impurities to produce a clean and pure spirit, but the distillation process already does most of this, rendering filtration after distillation mostly unnecessary.
There’s a vodka belt
Vodka is a huge part of local culture in a belt of countries where it is too cold for a grape harvest. This vodka belt is made up of the Nordic countries (minus Denmark), the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Russia, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and Slovakia.
Fewer toxins mean less hangover
The darker a drink, such as red wine, whiskey, or aged rum, the higher the level of toxins, the by-products of the fermentation process. Our bodies can struggle to process these toxins, which leads to a terrible hangover. Bourbon, for example, had 37 more toxins than vodka.
Vodka can be made from various ingredients
You may already know that vodka can be made from potatoes, but it can also be made from barley, rye, corn, whey, and grapes, which all contribute to the flavour, albeit subtle, of the spirit.
Vodka is gluten-free
Whichever ingredient vodka is made from, even barely or rye, the distillation strips away the glutens, making vodka gluten-free. However, if gluten-based ingredients have been used, then it is not permitted to label it as gluten-free, even if there is no gluten left in the spirit.
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