17 June 2010 - Sweden-based The Absolut Company AB, maker of Absolut vodka, has applied to double the groundwater extraction and the rectified alcohol production at its distillery in Nobbelov, southern Sweden, production director Krister Asplund told today Swedish regional daily Sydsvenskan.
Absolut has asked for a permit to extract a total 250 million litres of groundwater a year and to produce 100 million litres of rectified alcohol, which is twice as much as the current levels.
A doubling of the production of rectified alcohol would mean a doubling of all of Absolut's production, according to Sydsvenskan.
Rectified alcohol could be produced more quickly, since it did not require aging in barrels, and it also contained fewer impurities.
A dealer could still water down or otherwise adulterate whiskey without its being apparent to the consumer" Producers responded to this problem by assuring quality, and the straight whiskey producers did so by convincing the public to equate the "bottled in bond" designation with purity and high quality Blended whiskey producers were unable to use the tax stamp, because rectified alcohol was not aged and so was not stored in bonded warehouses.
Although rectified alcohol had fewer impurities in it than straight whiskey, the Pure Food Congress ruled that only straight whiskey was the pure product.