What is Black cow?

Black Cow is the world's smoothest vodka, made purely from the milk of grass-grazed cows and nothing else. Fresh whole milk makes an exceptionally smooth vodka with a unique creamy character.

The Idea Came From?

Our founders, Jason and Archie, were sitting at Jason's kitchen table discussing local alcohol production over a glass of eau de vie when Jason's Polish friend Jozef (who knows about this sort of thing) popped in and was given a sample. He sipped and wrinkled his nose "you know you can make good drink from milk" he said - at which point they looked out of the window to see Jason's 250-strong dairy herd staring back at them. At that point Archie witnessed a light bulb going on over Jason's head! The seeds of Black Cow Vodka were sown. 

How Is It Made?

The milk is separated into curds and whey. The curds are used to make cheese, the whey is fermented into a beer using a special yeast that converts the milk sugar into alcohol. This milk beer is then distilled and treated to our secret blending process. The vodka is then triple filtered and finished, before being hand bottled. Black Cow is made from the same milk that is used to make Barber’s 1833 cheddar, and our own Black Cow Deluxe Cheddar.


Whey has historically been the problem child of the dairy industry. There is an excess produced in the cheese making process. We take this marvellous undervalued by-product and turn it into a truly superior premium vodka. We take great pride in our economical use of nature's bounty.

Black Cow Vodka is one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever tasted, wonderfully smooth & beautifully rounded
— Tom Parker Bowles