Halewood adds Vestal Vodka in time for "UK vodka revival"

Halewood Wine & Spirits has secured a 48% share in Vestal Vodka, with both companies sharing their belief that the UK is set to see a revival of vodka.

The deal also marks the joining together of two family drinks firms and it builds on Halewood’s focus on artisanal spirits, a focus which helped it drive pre-tax profits of £26.3 million in 2019, up 15% compared to the previous year. Group revenues grew 26%.

Vestal was set up by William Borrell, who has a family farm in the Kaszubia region of Poland. The company only sources traditional potato varieties to create its vodkas.

The deal is being celebrated with a brand new bottle for Vestal and the release of its 2015 vintage, which has the longest known “rest” period for any vodka of four years. Borrell describes it as “ creamy and buttery with earthy spices and a delicate fruit aroma, with a soft and pleasant finish, complete with warming nutmeg and white pepper notes.”

The nature of each Vestal vintage is determined by the type of potatoes used and their provenance, including the region’s weather in any particular season, hence its classification by year.

Vestal Vodka 2015 vintage (rsp: £22 for 70cl).