The process begins with the careful selection of the finest European wheat, which brings smoothness, purity and neutrality to crafting Ketel One Vodka. The wheat's high starch content makes it ideal for Ketel One Vodka production. Once harvested, it is ground and blended with water to form a mash, then allowed to ferment. After fermentation, the mash goes through the column distillation process. This produces a fresh, crisp ultra wheat spirit. A part of the ultra wheat spirit is re-distilled in small batch copper pot stills, including the original coal-fired Distilleerketel #1 or Pot Still Number 1. During this distillation process, the heads (too harsh) and tails (too weak) are discarded, keeping only the heart of each distillate. After discarding the heads and tails of the pot still distillate, the remaining hearts, including those from Pot Still Number 1, are individually filtered to create a Master Pot Still Blend. The Master Distiller carefully oversees the marrying of a portion of the Master Pot Still Blend, a portion of the ultra wheat spirit and water. The final product is Ketel One Vodka, the perfect marriage of old world pot still craft and modern distilling techniques. Each final production run is approved by a member of the Nolet family. The purpose of this extensive production process and associated effort is to make a truly exceptional vodka. Sophisticated and crisp, this is Ketel One Vodka.