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Square One Organic Vodka 750 ml
40% ABV | 80 Proof | Rigby, Idaho
"Founded & Owned by Allison Evanow. Farming for Flavor -- Square One makes 100% rye vodka because rye offers richer flavors than the more common grains and potatoes used for most vodka. Rye is one of nature’s most complex and flavorful grains, which is why humans cultivate it. Its dense fiber makes it hard to grind into flour or cook into other edible forms, but it tastes great! When the art of distilling grain mash into spirits was discovered, it was the same: rye tasted better, but it was harder to work with. This is why rye was the base ingredient in the vodka of connoisseurs and aristocrats in centuries past: those who wanted the best were willing to pay for the extra labor required. And that’s why rye is the grain of choice for Square One: a great cocktail should come from the best ingredients, even if that means going a few extra miles. Organic Farming and Fermentation -- The next step was choosing to make Square One spirits organic from beginning to end, so that the rich natural flavor of the rye would not be muted in any way. Finding organically grown rye turned out to be the easy part. The hard part was finding a distiller willing and able to turn the rye into vodka without synthetic chemicals. Conventional vodkas are made with laboratory yeasts and a range of synthetic chemical agents that regulate fermentation of grain into a mash so that it can be distilled into a spirit. All these synthetics have become standard because they ensure uniform, speedy processes. But Square One was still thinking about that great cocktail, so the company worked with a master distiller for nearly two years to develop and refine a proprietary process that is all natural, all the time. The result is that the rye flavors remain vibrant in the vodka, and Square One spirits are much more sustainable for the earth from beginning to end. It’s technically possible to distill out synthetic chemicals, but Square One Organic Spirits cares about the earth and its grain farmers just as much as it cares about its customers. Exposing the Myth of Distillation -- Many vodka brands proudly proclaim that they have been distilled numerous times in copper or copper-plated pot stills. But Square One’s master distiller uses only one short distillation in a four-column continuous still and one time pass through a micron-paper filter. The Square One vodka comes out clear and full of flavor. With Square One Bergamot, Square One chooses taste over looks and purposely leaves the essential citrus oils in the spirit, which creates a slight haze in the spirit. So what’s going on with other vodkas? It turns out that distillation doesn’t add anything to vodka – it only takes away impurities. That’s why most vodka has no flavor or character: they’re stripped out during distillation along with residues from fermentation chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers. Square One never contains those impurities, so it doesn’t have to distill them out. Focusing on “Culinary Cocktails” -- Square One’s vision of a great vodka cocktail isn’t necessarily sweet. It can be savory, or bring a balance of sweet and savory like fine wine (or good Thai food). It can be enjoyed with food, whether that means pairing with tapas at the bar before going dancing or lingering over a cocktail well into the first course at the dinner table. This is the kind of cocktail that company founder Allison Evanow liked to create for herself, and she found that successful mixologists and sophisticated cocktail fans shared her experience. So she founded Square One to create spirits that would make it easier for everyone to create “culinary cocktails” – drinks that take their flavor cues from the garden, not the mixer aisle at the liquor store. Growing the brand organically -- Square One’s focus on the cocktail as the inspiration for the spirit is unconventional, yet it’s been one of the company’s strongest selling points. Instead of raising money for glossy magazine ads and billboards, the company took its story to bars and restaurants where great cocktails are born. Those who added Square One spirits to their line-up did so because they tasted the quality, understood the potential, and believed in a better future for cocktails. The word spread until it reached every state in America and a growing list of countries outside the U.S. What Square One does is not simple, easy or ready for mass production. That’s because the company aims for the same standard as innovative chefs in great restaurants: essential flavors from nature, brought to the table with elegant simplicity or in inspired combinations that seem startlingly new yet immediately welcome. The difference, perhaps, is that anyone can make a great cocktail with Square One spirits! "
It all began at Square One . . .
. . . with the purest ingredients we could find. Very few vodkas are made as meticulously as ours: created in one place, to the exacting standards of our Master Distiller.
Our distinctive, limited-production single grain vodka is created using certified organic American rye. Our water, drawn from deep aquifers underneath the distillery, imparts unparalleled smoothness, reflecting its origin in the pristine Teton Range of Wyoming.
Our unique organic fermentation technique combines with a classic four-column distillation and filtration method to create Square One: incredibly silky, ultra-premium vodka with the rich and subtle nutty taste and texture of American rye.
USDA Certified organic rye vodka (made from 100% organic American rye) infused with bergamot, mandarin, tangerine and navel oranges plus ginger, coriander and juniper botanicals. Lightly sweetened by tapioca root syrup.
Water from the Snake River watershed of the Teton Mountain Range.
USDA Certified organic without the use of GMO yeasts, chemical additives or synthetic de-foaming agents.
Our GNS (grain neutral spirits) is derived from a single, four-column continuous distillation to 190 proof. Final distillate is passed through a micron paper filter to capture possible remaining solids. No charcoal filtration. It is a compounded spirit; botanicals are individually distilled using organic GNS and water-based distillates. No filtration after the addition of citrus oil and botanical essences.