The owners of Boyd & Blair, Barry Young and C. Prentiss Orr, give new meaning to the phrase “handmade by locals.” Produced from an original mash using locally-grown potatoes, this batch-distilled vodka is produced by hand; in other words, without the use of automated controls. As Still Master, Barry chooses the more expensive and labor-intensive route and only uses the “heart of the run”, which he cuts based on taste and experience. Named after the owners' fathers, each bottle of Boyd & Blair is signed by Barry and then filled, corked, and dipped in wax by hand. Slightly sweet aromas of white potato intermingle with notes of starch and parchment. The slight natural sweetness and creamy viscosity inherent to the potato meets mid-palate flavors of cocoa bean, maple and honey. The aftertaste is graceful, solid and simply delicious. -Distiller's Notes
We source the highest quality, hand-picked wheat from the Champagne region of France; the result is in an ultra-premium spirit of unsurpassed character. This spirit then undergoes a series of filtrations and is blended with pure Icelandic water, which has a very low mineral content and high alkaline level; ensuring Helix Vodka a clean, crisp taste. -Distiller's Notes
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.