“Vodka” comes from the Russian word “Voda,” which means water. The spirit first appeared in 14th century Russia under the name “bread wine.” Up until the 1950s Vodka was very much a European only drink, with little being sold in the United States. Today, however, it is one of the most popular spirits in the world. Vodka normally starts as fermented grain, potatoes, or molasses. It is clear in color and generally aims to be an odorless, tasteless spirit. It is traditionally drunk “neat” (straight, without ice), and typically contains 35 – 50% Alcohol By Volume (60-100 proof). Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist, is credited with determining the “perfect” proof of Vodka to be 76, but the most common Vodkas today are 80 proof, as above 80 proof it may “burn.”
Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Greenland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Russia, and the Ukraine are generally referred to as the “Vodka Belt” and are responsible for much of the world’s Vodka. The TerrePURE process, however, enables Terressentia to produce an outstanding US-made, gluten free Vodka. In fact, our ultra-premium vodkas have won some of the most coveted international spirit awards several times, making them some of the best-tasting vodkas around.