Production

The passion in every bottle

Since 1691, our family has meticulously crafted spirits using traditional techniques and the finest ingredients. Here, in seven deceptively simple steps, we explore how our dedication brings forth three remarkable spirits.

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Ingredients

The smooth mouthfeel and – crazy for a vodka, we know – character of Ketel One Vodka starts with wheat. Only the finest quality, 100% GMO-free Winter Wheat, grown in Europe, naturally.

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Column Distillation

The wheat is ground and blended with water to form mash. This is fermented and goes through a column distillation process to produce a lively, fresh, ultra wheat spirit [UWS]. The UWS gets its name from the exacting specifications used in its production, and the very high purity levels compared to other grain spirits.

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Copper Pot Distillation

Here’s where the magic happens. Part of the ultra-wheat spirit is re-distilled in ten copper pot stills, including the original 19th century coal-fired copper pot still. This must be hand stoked, sealed with wheat paste to prevent evaporation, and monitored every 20 minutes during the 8-hour process. The harsh ‘heads’ and weak ‘tails’ are then discarded, leaving the prime ‘hearts’.

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Master pot still batch

The hearts of the distillates obtained from the pot stills, including those from the copper pot still #1, are individually filtered and blended together to create the Master Pot Still Batch. This rare liquid is what gives the final product its silky smooth finish.

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Marrying

The distillers, carefully following the family recipe, blend portions of the Master Pot Still Batch, the UWS, and water together to create Ketel One Vodka. This is the stage where citrus oils and essence can be infused to create Ketel One Citroen and Ketel One Oranje flavored vodkas.

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Tasting

It’s our family name and reputation, so a Nolet still approves every production run before bottling, signing their name to guarantee Ketel One Vodka’s signature crisp quality.

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Enjoying

Once bottled, Ketel One Vodka is yours to savor. Enjoy over ice, in your favorite cocktail, or visit our Drinks section for some inspiration. Proost!

Heritage

10 generations of nolet family experience go into every bottle

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