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Vodka. Did you say Water?

What do you think of when you hear the word vodka? Do you cringe at the thought of undiluted vodka's strong alcohol taste and smell? While vodka mixed with other ingredients or used in sweet cocktails can be enjoyable, drinking it straight seems unpleasant to most people.

However, there are people who enjoy drinking vodka straight, and it's not because they are crazy or masochistic. Different types of vodka have varying profiles that affect their taste and smell, whether you drink them straight or in cocktails.

Vodka is made by mixing 40% pure neutral alcohol with 60% water by volume. However, it's not as simple as just mixing the two ingredients. To make high-quality vodka, the pure alcohol used must be as neutral as possible, with no taste or smell of the initial fermented product. To achieve this, the alcohol must be rectified or distilled multiple times.

Adding sugar or glycerol can mask the unpleasant smell and taste of vodka, but it's not a desirable solution. Such additives make it challenging to label the vodka as pure, and individuals with glycerol intolerance may suffer unknowingly.

Therefore, the water used to make vodka is crucial in improving its taste and smell. Different producers use different types of water, but the water must be clean and safe to use. Filtered river water with the minerals retained is an excellent choice for making vodka that is clean and smooth on the palate and odorless on the nose.

Broken Shed Premium Vodka, available on the Australian market, is made from a well-balanced mixture of crystal clean spring water from the North Island and mineral water from a 15,000-year-old aquifer from the South Island of New Zealand. The vodka is made from 40% triple-distilled spirit from fermented whey, which is sourced from cows that graze on the cleanest land in New Zealand. Broken Shed Vodka is a 40% golden standard that is gluten-free, sugar-free, all-natural, and additive-free.

Broken Shed Vodka is known for its smoothness and cleanness, even for those who dislike vodka. It can be consumed straight, and it's an excellent base for cocktails. For example, you can make a Rosemary Vodka Cocktail by infusing Broken Shed Vodka with fresh rosemary and adding lemon juice and tonic water.