Black Cow Vodka & English Strawberries 70cl 37.5% ABV
Black Cow Vodka & English Strawberries
With no added sugar or sweeteners, Black Cow Vodka & English Strawberries is flavoured naturally by the fruit. Locally sourced, leftover or misshapen English strawberries that would otherwise go to waste are pressed and infused in Black Cow to create a fresh, light vodka with the unmistakable taste of freshly-picked strawberries.
Black Cow make their vodka in West Dorset from the milk of cows that graze on the fields surrounding the Black Cow distillery. Black Cow is the original spirit to champion sustainability: it is whey, a by-product of the cheese-making process, that makes their vodka so gloriously smooth.
Dairy farmer Jason Barber and artist Paul Archard recognised the potential of whey back in 2011. By combining the ancient Mongolian tradition of making alcohol from fermented milk, with the Northern European tradition of making high proof, clear, clean vodka they were able to develop an innovative, unique and superior tasting vodka, made entirely from the milk of cows.
Zero Waste to Wonderful Taste – since 2012 – Black Cow is the world’s first Pure Milk Vodka. Made in West Dorset using what is left over from grass grazed cows milk after making cheese. Using milk as their only source ingredient is what makes Black Cow vodka so deliciously smooth.
The invention of West Dorset dairy farmer, Jason Barber, Black Cow is designed to be sustainable. According to current research producing spirits from waste whey uses less water than grain based spirit, reduces CO2 emissions and the environmental impacts of cheese making and spirit production.
Archie, an artist, and Jason are neighbours and good friends. Together they share a love of vodka. It was back in 2011 that they came up with the idea of Pure Milk Vodka. Following a year of experimenting, sipping and tweaking, in 2012 they officially launched Black Cow.
Black Cow is based on a farm in the heart of West Dorset, a cross-country ramble several miles from Beaminster. They like to keep things simple so they do most things here on the farm. Jason’s 250-strong herd of dairy cows graze on nearby fields and their vodka is distilled and bottled there by hand. Black Cow Vodka also have a Bar & Kitchen where they host tastings, workshops and other events.
At Black Cow they know milk is precious, so they don’t waste a drop. It starts with separating the milk into curds and whey. The curds make the cheese – including Black Cow Deluxe Cheddar – but, often, the whey ends up going to waste. They take that whey and, using a secret distilling process, turn it into the ‘world’s smoothest vodka’. So smooth you can drink it till the cows come home.