An independent filmmaker has launched a new vodka brand after discovering his ancestors once owned a once prosperous distillery in the Ukraine.
Dan Edelstyn has named the vodka Zorokovich 1917 after his grandparents who opened the distillery, and the year it was seized in the Bolshevik Revolution.
He has worked for the past two years to revive the state-owned business after visiting the distillery in 2005 and finding that it had fallen on hard times. A film of his journey is to be released early next year with screenings at international film festivals and on More 4.
As well as providing jobs, 20 per cent of the profits from the vodka, which is being distributed by Hi-Spirits, will go back into reinvigorating the town.
"It's about connecting a forgotten village in North-Eastern Ukraine to a potential international vodka market to hopefully produce more jobs, schools, healthcare and housing," said Dan.
"In the process we have developed this great product which I hope consumers will enjoy. We wanted to celebrate the history there and launch a great tasting, funky cocktail vodka. Zorokovich 1917 is a 'right on' vodka brand."
To stock the brand, visit: www.hi-spirits.com or call 01932 252100