Originating from Marlborough in the UK, the Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka by Ramsbury Brewing & Distilling Co. was crowned Spirit of the Year at the 2021 London Spirits Competition. Reigning over an array of spirits like whisky, gin, and rum, the vodka also took home the title of Best in Show by Country, Vodka of the Year, and Best Spirit by Quality.
Stealing the show this year, the Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka opens with distinctive vanilla tones that round off a sweet and delicate bouquet. On the palate, this medium-bodied vodka expresses a creamy texture, tones of dried fruit, cocoa, and layers of caramel that are followed by dark chocolate.
For four consecutive years, the London Spirits Competition has been one of the leading platforms known to put some of the best spirits on the map for both drinkers and spirits buyers. Tasting and judging the spirits are some of the UK’s most accomplished bartenders, bar managers, and spirits buyers. These experts come from some of the most celebrated establishments in the country and are accomplished in their own careers in the restaurant, bar, and beverage industry.
The group of judges for the London Spirits Competition 2021 included some of the greatest names in the trade to name but a few: Giorgio Bargiani - Head Mixologist at The Connaught Bar, Georgia Billing - General Manager at City of London Distillery & Bar, Daniel Susko - Head of Bars at Annabel's and The Birley Clubs, Ali Ali - Oriole Bar.
Awarding spirits on the basis of quality, value, and packaging, this year’s judging panel tasted spirits from over 70 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Italy, Canada, France, and Germany.
The winning Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka is made with the combination of two ingredients, namely Horatio wheat grown in the distillery’s fields, and their own chalk filtered water, which when distilled makes one of the smoothest and most elegant spirits.
The Ramsbury Garden Spritz
While the Ramsbury Estate Vodka can be enjoyed with any mixers of your choice, the Garden Spritz is a great cocktail to try.
Ramsbury Garden Spritz, source: Website
50ml Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka
25ml Fino Sherry
Fever-Tree White Grape & Apricot Soda
Fill the glass with ice. Add all ingredients and top with Fever-Tree White Grape and Apricot Soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.
With Ramsbury Distillery, it's sustainability first
The distillery is stationed amongst the 19,000 acres of land on the Ramsbury Estate, with the milling shed sat just next door. The Ramsbury team pride themselves to be farmers first, using their deep-rooted understanding that the more one cares for the land, the better the quality of the grain it gives.
The Ramsbury Estate is widely known for practicing environmentally-conscious farming, using the perfect blend of tradition and innovation to distill spirits of the highest quality with the lowest environmental impact. The copper stills use the steam generated by a biomass boiler fed by the estate’s own sustainable woodland. Post distilling completion, the spent grains are fed to animals on the farm, and the wastewater is filtered by a wildlife-friendly bed system that feeds into the lake.
The lake at Ramsbury, source: Instagram
Standing tall even after the unfortunate events of the fire at the distillery, the Ramsbury estate continues to work with a strong and positive hold over a sustainable future for the drinks industry with its commendable production.
The Bell at Ramsbury
Nuzzled within the Wiltshire countryside stands a 300-year old former coaching inn, surrounded by some of the most picturesque landscapes in the country, with River Kennet running directly through it. The Bell greets you with a beautiful marriage of rustic charm and modern sophistication. Serving the Ramsbury Distillery’s award-winning vodka and gin, the inn welcomes guests to enjoy the serenity of the area. Complement your stay at The Bell with a tour of the Ramsbury Distillery, with tastings of the spirits made at the estate.
Tour the Ramsbury Distillery
The Ramsbury Estate, source: Instagram
Lasting approximately an hour, the Ramsbury Distillery tour is a great behind the scenes of how they create their award-winning beers and spirits. The tour will include a rundown of how beers and spirits are created, along with how production is linked to the wider farmed estate. You will also have the chance to sample the final products made in front of you.
*These are unprecedented times, please check for updates before booking a tour.
US residents can shop for Ramsbury's collection via Drinks & Co.
Time to clink your cocktails, Ramsbury-style.