Our Vodka is not your ordinary Vodka. We created Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka to be soft on your pallet yet with character not seen in the vodka category. When you bring Bootlegger Vodka to your nose, you’ll sense no smell, and when you take a sip it has flavor yet lacks the usual burn. Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka is made from 100% Corn, which is slowly filtered through a proprietary filtration process using charcoal for over 24 hours to give our silky smooth mouth feel. What most people don’t know is the best way to “taste” a vodka is by touching it. Most vodkas feel oily, but as they dry become sticky due to additives like glycerol and sugar. We’ve taken a higher road with Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka where strict adherance to a proprietary filtration process delivers unparalleled smoothness. It’s not what we do that’s different, but what others don’t do that sets us apart. We’ve taken the time to do it right, and now vodka aficionados are taking notice. -Distiller's Notes
With a base of beet sugar, we use a highly tuned fermentation process to create flavors and textures unusual in vodka. We then use a laboratory-grade still - built in-house - to separate out those flavors into 30 different distinct groups (called "cuts"), taste each one, and blend only the best into each batch.
Industry Standard is equally at home in a rocks glass or in a shaker tin. With its unique, yet not overwhelming bouquet, it's an ideal culinary companion as well. From smoked fish and cured salumi to the classic Martini, Industry Standard Vodka is your new standard. -Distiller's Notes
The brand is handcrafted in Borgarnes, Iceland, a strikingly beautiful village graced with some of the cleanest air found on the planet. Reyka (pronounced "Rey-kuh") is distilled in small batches from local grain and lava-filtered, glacial water drawn the Grabok Spring, which when tested was found to contain no impurities. The distillery uses a Carter-Head pot still, the first of its kind employed to distill vodka. Only a small portion of each distillation run is used for production. Prior to being bottled at 40% alcohol (80 proof), the vodka is rendered essentially pure by filtering it through finely crushed lava.
A sniff, sip and swallow will confirm Reyka Vodka is deserving of its critical acclaim. It has pristine clarity, a silky smooth, lightweight body and a subtle floral and herbal nose. The longer the vodka is allowed to breathe, the more aromatic notes come to the forefront. Almost immediately upon entry the vodka begins to expand and fill the mouth with spicy warmth and notes of honey, lavender and raisins. The flavors persist throughout the warm, spicy finish. Reyka is a marvelous vodka experience in all respects.
It's worth noting that the Reyka distillery is powered entirely by steam emanating from the nearby hot springs. The geothermal energy captured from deep within the earth supplies power to the distillery without adding to its carbon footprint. Reyka is an ideal example of how you can produce an extraordinary spirit and not pollute the environment doing it.
In 1997, the former geophysicist, Tito Beveridge, opened the first legal distillery in Texas outside of Austin and began producing Tito's Handmade Vodka in pot stills he builds himself from his own design. Beveridge is one of a growing cadre of American distillers handcrafting world-class vodkas using artisan techniques and micro-distilling technology. While distilling in small batches requires that he invest considerably more time and effort, it affords Beveridge greater control over the process.
There are scores of variables that directly affect the character and taste of a vodka. For example, Tito's Handmade Vodka is made entirely from high-grade corn. But like other commodities used in distillation—grapes and barley malt to sugar cane and blue agave—the quality of corn is subject to such factors as soil composition, the balance between sunny and cloudy days, and the amount of rainfall at the beginning versus the end of the growing season. Change necessitates that Beveridge remain intimately involved in every step of production. He personally examines the grain, tests the water and assesses each batch as it ferments. Beveridge builds his own stills so they can't be replicated by others.
When you get a bottle of Tito's Homemade Vodka, trust that it couldn't be made by anyone else on the planet. Fortunately for mankind, Beveridge has a firm grasp of the tiller. His luxurious, character-laden vodka has a medium-weight, satiny-textured body and a crisp refreshing aroma. Its initial entry is pleasantly warm without a trace of harshness or excess heat before it gradually fades into a slightly sweet finish.