The vodka debut for the Cork distillery was launched some months ago and was commended by judges for having a smooth taste, “with a nice creaminess and a good balance”.
It was also noted by the panel for being “soft with a touch of peppery spice notes”.
Clonakilty Distillery utilises its natural surroundings to create the perfect environment for a maritime distillery – prime land, pristine water and salt sea air.
Paul Corbett, Head Distiller and Blender at Clonakilty Distillery revealed the secrets of success to creating Minke Vodka’s unique award-winning taste.
“We slow distill a whey-based spirit in our own pot still through a 10-meter copper coil before it reaches our condenser,” he said, “This added reflux from the coil creates an incredibly pure and clean spirit while the whey base alcohol delivers a rich and smooth velvety mouthfeel.
“Unlike most Irish vodkas, which are distilled using a grain-based alcohol Clonakilty Distillery’s Minke Vodka uses a whey-base spirit derived from milk which is produced on the ninth-generation family farm located a short distance from the distillery itself.”
As with the gin, Minke Vodka is inspired by the Minke Whale that swims wild in the Atlantic off the coast of Clonakilty.
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