The taste of (Porter’s) Perfection

“WE’ve taken out something from Porter’s Perfection Vodka – but not the taste,” says Vicky Morland, of Liberty Fields, the West Dorset artisan drinks producer.

Liberty Fields have been working on streamlining their production methods in order to meet demand for Porter’s Perfection Vodka, and the new drink is completely clear, compared with the light gold of the original vodka.

Vicky, the company’s marketing director, says: “Our vodka is now clearly different – but it’s exactly the same. Our recipe and the taste haven’t changed, only the production method. We still use the heritage apple, Porter’s Perfection, which grows in our West Dorset orchards, as its delicate flavour results in a beautifully subtle, smooth vodka, ideal for sipping over ice or mixed in cocktails.

“We distill this with British wheat grain spirit, local spring water and just a couple of botanicals. We’ve been so impressed with the unique taste that this apple gives to our vodka, that this year we’ve grafted 24 Porter’s Perfection trees to increase the stock of them – it’s a rare local variety and using them in our vodka helps ensure their future.”

Porter’s Perfection Vodka is available from good independent wine shops, delis and farmshops across the South of England, and from Nectar Imports, Diverse Fine Food and The Cress Co. See www.libertyfields.co.uk for stockists and for more information.

If you want to try Porter’s Perfection Vodka, Liberty Fields will be at the Dorset Festival of Food & Arts at Poundbury on 4th August, the Melplash Show in Bridport on 23rd August, and the Sturminster Cheese Festival on 8th and 9th September.

Photograph by Richard Budd