Aval Dor Vodka Distillery is based on Cornwall near Fowey. The distillery produces Aval Dor Vodka and Stafford’s Gin.
Aval Dor Vodka Distillery’s spirits are the products of five generations of farming history. The family moved to Colwith Farm near Fowey from Lanlivery way back in 1904. They’ve farmed the soils ever since. It was during World War II when the family started growing potatoes to feed the nation and this tradition has remained ever since.
At present it is the father & son team of Mike & Chris who are responsible for growing the delicious King Edward potatoes that eventually get transformed into delicious vodka & gin spirits. Steve looks after the day-to-day affairs of the spirits business, whilst Clive at 83 years young, still keeps an eye on general proceedings and tends to the animals.
The first step to producing a world class spirit is to plant, nurture then harvest the finest Cornish King Edward potatoes. Many spirit producers buy in their base spirit, whereas Aval Dor Vodka Distillery prefer to make our own.
At Colwith Farm we grow a variety of main crop potatoes but only the King Edward is used in Aval Dor Vodka & Stafford’s Gin. King Edward potatoes are extremely high in starch. Their floury complexion is perfect for the transformation into a premium spirit.
Once the potatoes are harvested they go into the distillery. Here they are scrubbed then diced to produce a potato mash. A special yeast is added to help with the fermentation process and after a few weeks becomes a low wine.
Things get interesting when the distillation process begins. The low wine is put into a tiny copper pot batch still which works with a proprietary rectification column. During this stage the low wine is transformed into 96% ABV ethanol in a single distilling run. This is truly unique and ensures that Aval Dor Vodka Distillery spirits have a very complex yet rounded nose & palette.
After distillation, the ethanol is blended with the farm’s own mineral water lifted from an aquifer deep beneath the farm. At this point the result is a delightfully clean & pure vodka spirit – Aval Dor.
Stafford’s Gin requires a second pass through the pot still in order to infuse a carefully selected blend of botanicals. The family forage their hedgerows for what’s in season. Drinkers should expect to find delicate notes of Cornish lemon balm, rosemary, bay & elderflower complimented with juniper, coriander, lime, macadamia & almond. All these botanicals work in perfect harmony with the potato based spirit to produce the sweet & citrusy Stafford’s Gin.