Vodka from milk, that’s udder-ly ridiculous (get it?) I hear you say, but stay with me. Dairy farmer Jason Barber wanted to diversify the produce from his 250 strong dairy herd and took inspiration from his personal interest in vodka to go from field to fluid.
With a little science, yeast and boozy determination you can pretty much make alcohol out of anything that has sugar in it. Milk is separated into curds and whey. The whey is then fermented, converting its natural sugar into alcohol, producing a milk beer. The beer is then distilled, triple filtered and treated to a secret blending process before being hand bottled.
But enough chewing the cud, is the vodka any good ?
Fox’s Tasting Notes
Like a frosty winters night, clean and pure. A hot glass of milk warms you up but with no unpleasant burn.
Black Cow Tasting Notes
Nose: Light and floral
Palate: Creamy, with a hint of sweetness
Finish: Warm and pure
Average Price: £27.20
Black Cow is a solid drink for vodka aficionados, and I strongly suggest that you follow the herd and give it a try. The price for this vodka is very reasonably, especially for a premium brand, being almost £10 cheaper than some of its competition, perhaps it’s time for the big boys to mow-ve over (I’ll stop now) and make way for this new comer.
Drunk pure over ice it’s very easy to sip, and makes a clean and smooth vodka Martini or creamy White Russian. If you're feeling a little more adventurous why not try the Fox’s very own Mad Hatter’s MarTEAni from our guide –
2.5 cl Black Cow Vodka
2.5 cl Tea infused Vodka
1.5 cl Lemon Juice
1.5 cl Lime Juice
1.5 cl Simple Syrup
1 cl Milk
1 Egg White
Method: Add all the ingredients to a shaker – do not add ice – shake for 3 minutes. Add ice and shake for a further minute. Strain into a glass and enjoy, preferable with a rich tea biscuit.
For more great cocktail ideas check out the SilverFox’s Guide to Cocktails.