Blackwood's Nordic Vodka inherits the 1200-year-old tradition of Viking voyages across the North Sea. These hardy pioneers settled first in the Shetland Islands, far North of Scotland. At sea, a Viking might cool his drink by tying a rope around it and letting it chill in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. This same perfect chilling can be achieved today just by putting your Blackwood's Vodka in the freezer or fridge. You know it is ready to serve when the front panel changes colour from Frost to Iceberg blue (and from May 1, to fiery Viking red!). This is the first Vodka in the world to be ice filtered , as well as triple distilled over Nordic Birch charcoal for exceptional purity and smoothness. A process unique to Blackwood Distillers, their Blackwood's Vodka has been created by super chilling to optimise the product for chilled drinking. The 100% triple distilled wheat grain spirit is then combined with natural spring water from Shetland's sandstone aquifers that bubble up from deep under the rocks of the North Atlantic. The Shetland Islands, lying at the far North of Scotland off the coast of Norway have an ancient Viking past, a people who preferred their drink pure, smooth and often by necessity, ice cold. Ideal chilled, neat or mixed, 70% of taste testers have voted Blackwood's Nordic Vodka their number 1 choice for smoothness in blind taste tests and 80% placed it in their top two. This was against Smirnoff, Absolut, Vladivar and Skky. Blackwood's Nordic Vodka is specifically designed to be drunk chilled at 5o C or less and its exceptional smoothness comes from a combination of its Birch charcoal and ice filtering, purity of water as well as a special secret process! Crisp, bracing and with the smoothest of finishes: Vodka fit for our Viking forefathers. Is this the world's smoothest vodka? Only you can judge!