Darver Vodka, based in Darver, Co. Louth - This extraordinary spirit has its roots in opposing elements of nature. From the rows of delicate purple blossoms that conceal the rugged potatoes beneath, to the crystal-clear water that runs alongside the rich, dark soil, these elements combine to create a vodka that stands on its own: earthy and full-bodied, yet velvety smooth. Just outside the village of Darver in County Louth the Thornton family have been growing Ireland's best potatoes on their 400-acre Windmill Farm for several generations, and today Raymond, Helen and their three sons continue the tradition. Darver comes from the Gaelic word "Dairbhe" meaning "Oakwood". Originally this area was fully covered by ancient oak forests which contribute to the rich subsoil that exists today and produces such excellent quality potatoes.
The Thornton family were exploring various ideas to bring added value to their family farm when they realised they possessed two of the best ingredients needed to make a world class vodka: outstanding organic potatoes and a source of pure water from their own deep well, naturally filtered through limestone rock so it's always clear and fresh. Seeking to confirm what they believed anecdotally to be true - that people were tiring of 'mainstream' vodka -they spoke to consumers and found that they clearly supported that view, and so Darver Vodka was born. Using a bespoke process that distills only once, the liquid's distinctive character and warmth are retained. The result is a vodka like no other. The Thornton family invites you to try their delicious vodka - either sip and savour straight, enjoy over ice, or use as a base for cocktails. To get started, try one of the signature drinks developed to ideally suit Darver Vodka's smooth, earthy flavor: the 'All-Irish', the 'Elderberry Spritz', the 'Sweet and Sour Martini', and the 'Nick & Nora'. Recipes can be found on the website at: www.darvervodka.com