Close Panel

Isn’t Vodka Tasteless? Why an Australian Vodka has more to offer than you think

Over the years vodka has been increasingly relegated to the back of the liquor shelf. Increasingly less loved, this once enormously popular spirit has been left behind in the excitement of the recent craft spirits and cocktails scene revival. The rise in popularity of gin has overshadowed vodka, leaving drinkers with fewer exciting new options to choose from. Somewhat diminished by years of focusing on the purity and apparent tastelessness of vodka, this spirit is being left behind. In a world where character and personality matter more than ever, is there hope for vodka?

In my opinion, vodka has many redeeming features. A well-crafted vodka is a thing of beauty where subtle flavours steal the show and clarity of character is key. The best vodkas don’t just taste like alcohol. Rather they are soft, supple and refined. They give the drinker cues as to how they were made; the grain, potato or fruit used to craft them. They offer the producer nowhere to hide, demanding the most precise attention to detail. The spirit must be blemish-free with impeccable purity.

It is this style of vodka that we aimed for when creating our Original Vodka. A delicate vodka where the creamy soft winter wheat used as the base was accentuated by tiny additions of botanical distillates. Here we took the notion of ‘micro dosing’ the vodka with distillates of fruits and native botanicals to improve the mouthfeel, length and cleanliness of the spirit. Why on earth would we do that? It is not commonly known but most of the big brands of vodka also add small additions to their vodka. These additions are commonly of a chemical nature and include food-grade glycerol, xylitol and minerals. When creating the recipe for our Original Vodka in 2014, we were determined to use only natural ingredients to create a fantastically soft and approachable vodka. We wanted our base ingredient, being wheat, to stand tall but be nurtured by our botanical distillate additions.

To me, one of the most exciting things about the vodka category is that it offers a blank canvas. Vodka is unconstrained in terms of what flavours can be added to it. In many ways, the spirit invites more creativity and freedom than gin, which must have a predominantly juniper-led flavour. Vodka is unconstrained, the flavour of the product can be taken in any direction. This blessing can also be a curse as evidenced by the swathe of increasingly gauche flavours being released. The long parade of vodkas flavoured to simulate peanut butter, cake or salted caramel seemed to spiral into a never-ending cycle of spirits laced with exotic laboratory flavourings. Vodka clearly needed a wake-up call and the call came in the spirit of gin whereby a natural base is joined by ingredients that are authentic and real.

The question that we asked ourselves in 2014 is the same question that we have asked ourselves every day since the launch of Original Vodka; why use additives when the flavours of nature are so fantastic? This question is so poignant and important that three years ago it finally convinced us to look at adding another vodka to our range. A vodka that is not near-neutral but one that celebrates the ingredient. A vodka that champions flavour and its natural origins.

The goal of this vodka was clear. We wanted to make a vodka that would make the ultimate vodka soda. Just imagine how fantastic this drink could be with the addition of native and Australian grown fruits and botanicals.

After a few years of research and development, we landed on some truly fantastic ingredients and Native Botanical Vodka was born. When combined, the flavours featured in our new spirit marry together seamlessly like long-lost friends to create a compelling and complex offering. By bringing together native sunrise lime, native lemon-scented gum, Australian grown peach and Roman chamomile we achieved a delicate balance. There is citrus, honey, tropical fruit, garden herbs and fresh flowers. Together they make a vodka with a bright and vibrant positivity that inspires thoughts of sunny days with friends in the sun. Textured, layered and complex this vodka is more than the flavoured vodkas of yesteryear.

Vodka is often looked over as being bland. We see vodka as being capable of charm and personality. Native Botanical Vodka is sophisticated and refined but not shy on charisma. This vodka is a statement of taste and character.

Native Botanical Vodka Is Available Now

You may also be interested in

  • No Ordinary Vodka Soda
    Native Botanical Vodka is unlike any vodka you’ve tried before. It doesn’t adhere to the usual parameters of a neutral spirit—it has personality in abundance, and it makes an incredible vodka soda.
    Read More
  • Setting a new benchmark for innovation within distilling
    From revamped Signature Dry Gin to a brand new Native Botanical Vodka, our core spirits lineup looks and tastes better than ever. Here, Archie Rose Founder Will Edwards explains why it was time to refresh our longstanding gin and vodka offering.
    Read More
  • Botanical Flip
    Ideal for sour cocktail fans, this Botanical Flip is a textural palate fantasy with ginger, honey and pineapple.
    View Recipe

Distillery

Book a tour:

Wednesday - Sunday
Subject to availability

Book Tour

Bar

Come in for a drink:


Archie Rose Bar. Monday-Sunday: CLOSED. Cellar Door spirit sales: Monday, Tuesday: CLOSED. Wednesday - Sunday: 10am til 5pm.

Food and Drinks Menu

Location

85 Dunning Ave
Rosebery NSW 2018

Open in Maps

Location

85 Dunning Ave
Rosebery NSW 2018

Open in Maps

Distillery

Book a tour:

Wednesday - Sunday
Subject to availability

Book Tour

Bar

Come in for a drink:

Archie Rose Bar.
Tuesday: 4pm-10pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 4pm-11.30pm
Friday: 2pm-11.30pm
Saturday: 12pm-11.30pm
Sunday: 12pm-10pm
Monday: Closed

Cellar Door spirit sales.
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-10pm.
Monday closed.

Food and Drinks Menu
Sign up to

A measured serve of craft distilling

Sign up for first access to new products plus other news, events, cocktails and our quarterly Archie's Journal.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Archie Rose Distilling Co. acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and emerging traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and live, the Gweagal, Bidjigal and Gadigal Clans and the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.

At Archie Rose we Drink Wise|Copyright © 2020 Archie Rose Distilling Co.|Design by Squad Ink|Built by Weekends

Are you of legal drinking age in


Yes
No

To experience this site you must be of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please enjoy Archie Rose responsibly in countries where the consumption of alcohol is lawful, for persons who are lawfully permitted to consume alcohol. By entering this site you agree to our Terms and Conditions. Find out more at www.drinkwise.org.au. Archie Rose Distilling Co. Pty Limited Rights Reserved. Archie Rose Distilling Co. supports the Responsible Service of Alcohol. NSW Liquor Act 2007. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor Producer Wholesaler Licence: LIQW880014624 | Liquor Hotel Licence: LIQH440018958

To experience this site you must be of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please enjoy Archie Rose responsibly in countries where the consumption of alcohol is lawful, for persons who are lawfully permitted to consume alcohol. By entering this site you agree to our Terms and Conditions. Find out more at www.drinkwise.org.au. Archie Rose Distilling Co. Pty Limited Rights Reserved. Archie Rose Distilling Co. supports the Responsible Service of Alcohol. NSW Liquor Act 2007. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor Producer Wholesaler Licence: LIQW880014624 | Liquor Hotel Licence: LIQH440018958