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NB hopes world will take note of 'first' London Dry citrus vodka

Published:  17 June, 2015

A Scottish distiller has created what it claims is the world's first London dry citrus vodka.

NB Distillery's NB vodka uses a distillation of botancials to provide flavour, but without the characteristic juniper content of gin.

The first batch of 300 bottles has been snapped up by independent wine merchant Lockett Bros of North Berwick, where the distiller is based, but more batches and wider distribution are promised. Bottles have an rrp of £28.50.

Husband and wife team Steve and Vivienne Muir founded NB gin in October 2013 and say they are committed to using the same production method for the move into vodka.

The idea for the vodka came during the creation of the gin when small test batches were made with a few botanicals to explore different flavour groups, one of which was a citrus run.

It was a further 18 months of trying hundreds of samples before the final version of the vodka was formulated, a distillation containing lemon, coriander seed and cassia bark.

Vivienne Muir said: "What we've produced is totally new and we think that it will throw a curveball into the vodka market. There are no gimmicks or strange quirks involved.

"The innovation lies within its extremely stringent production method, which has allowed us to create something very classic, very natural, and of the highest possible quality, following the London Dry process to the letter."

Steve Muir added: "It's immensely difficult to control with a vast number of variables, including temperature and run time, which can change the outcome.

"It is only this method which allows us to create the most subtle of variations to flavour and our smooth and distinctive long taste."

Mintel figures show that 47% of the UK adult population drank vodka in the 12 months to September 2014, and sales of £2.6 billion account for 60 per cent of the value sales of white spirits and RTDs in the UK.