Every year, the world’s most revered spirits enter a battle royale in San Francisco at the World Spirits Competition. It’s a highly competitive arena, and less than 1 per cent of the world’s distilleries have garnered the highest accolade of Double Gold standard.
But while we associate vodka with Russia, Poland, a Cornish potato vodka, Aval Dor (which is Cornish for potato) has triumphed, taking home the coveted accolade, making the vodka one of the finest spirits in the world, according to Cornwall Live.
To achieve the Double Gold award, the spirit has to have been given a Gold medal rating by all the members of the esteemed judging panel.
Aval Dor Vodka was launched only six years ago. The original distillery was in Cambridgeshire, until the opening of Colwith Farm Distillery, near Lostwithiel in 2018. It is made only with Cornish potatoes that are grown on the 200-acre family farm in Lanlivery, owned by the Dustow family for over 100 years when Stafford Dustow moved to the farm in 1904.
The spirit is distilled in a tiny copper batch before being blended with mineral water from an aquifer located deep beneath the farm.
Stafford Dustow’s great-grandson, Steve started producing Stafford’s Gin in 2015 from the potato vodka with botanicals found on the farm. The gin was launched last year to mark the opening of the distillery and received the Bronze award at the competition this year in California.
“This is only the second year that we’ve entered the vodka distilled here by myself at our plough to bottle facility and so I’m absolutely made up to have achieved Double Gold,” said Steve. “And for Stafford’s Dry to come away with a Bronze less than a year after we launched it is fantastic news too.”
New bottles of Aval Dor will be available from the end of June 2020, proudly featuring the Colwith Farm Distillery branding as well as boasting of its provenance as Cornwall’s first single estate distillery.
Whatever your choice of tipple, there will be drinks for everyone when our cocktail bar in Waterloo reopens soon!