History and know-how
ABSOLUT's history began in the 19th century with the extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit of one man, Lars Olsson Smith....
ABSOLUT's history began in the 19th century with the extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit of one man, Lars Olsson Smith. In his twenties, he already controlled one-third of vodka sales in Sweden, a country where vodka production is a tradition.
In 1879, L. O. Smith launched his finest creation, "Absolut Rent Bränvin" (an absolutely pure vodka), prepared using a revolutionary distillation process known as continuous distillation. Far from contenting himself with the three or four traditional distillation stages, the Swede decided to apply a continuous distillation process.
Still used today, this unique, thorough method removes impurities from the vodka while retaining the flavour of its ingredients.
ABSOLUT VODKA came about through the simple concept of "One Source", located near Åhus, in Southern Sweden. ABSOLUT VODKA is exclusively made of the local water and winter wheat, and is therefore based on 100% natural ingredients. The water is drawn from a deep well.
In the neighbouring fields, the winter wheat has a unique feature: it is sown in autumn, to be harvested the following autumn. As the year goes by, the wheat grows under Sweden's snow and sun, enabling it to develop a robust bran. This is this combination that gives ABSOLUT VODKA its subtle taste.
The 500,000 bottles of ABSOLUT VODKA produced each day are shipped worldwide from the small port of Åhus. The "One Source" concept also means that ABSOLUT VODKA guarantees the same quality everywhere, from Paris to Hong Kong, New York and any other place in the world.