A venture that started off in 2009 in an old shed in Wanaka, a small lake town in the mountains of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Broken Shed Vodka is distinct in its choice of base material: It’s made from whey, the liquid left over from cheese production, an unusual, but effective source of sugar. The distillation process removes any “milky” or “dairy” odors or flavors from the spirit, leaving behind a liquid that smells clean, with only the very faintest of blueberry and mineral scents. The flavors have an underlying vegetal quality, but for the most part, it is the pure and polished characteristics of the vodka that will impress. The ideologically perfect vodka for White Russians.
Broken Shed Imports, Manhasset, NY
This story appears in the print issue of February 2013.
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