Primitiv Vodka


Primitiv Vodka

Primitiv Vodka 43% (750ml & 50ml)

Taste: Primitiv Vodka is silky smooth with a rush of peppery spice, elusive floral and anise touches over a creamy grain base.

Finish: An inspiring masculine finish

Primitiv vodka is a premium handcrafted sipping vodka produced and bottled at Jorgensen’s Distillery in Wellington, Western Cape.

Primitiv Vodka is not just vodka; it’s authentic, sophisticated and lovingly handcrafted from organic Spelt grown in the high Cedarberg.

There was a time when men were proud of the fine taste of their vodka.  Primitiv Vodka is a return to those fine traditions of craft distillation and great care and skill are applied to preserve subtle nuances of taste from our unique grains.  Primitiv is silky smooth with a rush of peppery spice, elusive floral and anise touches over a creamy grain base; inspiring masculine finish.

It is no coincidence that the finest sipping vodkas are made from grains grown on the high Russian steppes and in short Scandinavian summers: cold climate grain makes smooth vodka with fine flavours.   The grain we use in Primitiv is itself primitive.  Primitive Spelt was the staple grain of choice for Bronze Age man till post medieval times.  Now a relict crop, Spelt is precious.


Spelt from high in the Cedarberg

The official name of spelt is Triticum aestivum var. spelta. Spelt was originally grown in Iran around 5000 to 6000 B.C. Spelt has been grown in Europe for over 300 years, and spelt has been grown in North America for just over 100 years. Spelt is often used as a feed grain for animals. However, it has gained popularity as a dietary grain due to its nutty flavour, high protein and nutrition content.

Spelt is similar to wheat in appearance. However, spelt has a tougher husk than wheat, which may help protect the nutrients in spelt. Spelt flour has a somewhat nuttier and slightly sweeter flavour than whole wheat flour. Spelt contains more protein than wheat, and the protein in spelt is easier to digest.

Our Spelt is grown in the high Cedarberg, right on the snowline, on virgin land to strict holistic practices, far from madding crowds and third party contamination.  Pure Spelt.  To get to the Spelt fields climb the high passes, go past the Lord’s Acre and turn left…..

Primitiv Vodka

Local is lekker

Primitive Spelt gives Primitiv Vodka its unique flavour.  We will not compromise this unique quality by distilling all the flavour away.  Using a copper pot still we concentrate the flavour and alcohol with two distillations, then transfer the enriched spirit to a custom built stainless steel column and very carefully selectively reduce overly dominant congeners to create the silken smooth bespoke vodka we call Primitiv.

You will find that the most sophisticated vodka in town is Primitiv, from the country.
Note: Primitiv is a designer sipping vodka in the tradition of the divine vodkas of the Russian steppes.  Drink it cold, very cold.  Prepare to be amazed.

Our PRIMITIV VODKA bottles will each come with a pair of sequentially numbered dog tags (one is even magnetised) which indicates the unique nature of each and every handcrafted bottle.

For further reading go to Cape Town Magazine for an article on Jorgensen’s Distillery!

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