Tito Beveridge considers that high praise. In 1997, the former geophysicist 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. Before long the vodka’s remarkable elegance was wowing aficionados and spirit judges alike, which sent the brand hurtling up the charts with a bullet. 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.
Crystal clear in colour. Clean, white pepper spirity spice with faint but discernible grilled sweet-corn. Slightly sweet with creamy mouthfeel and cracked black pepper spice. Clean minerality with grain character evident and a faint hint of tinned sweet corn. Slightly hot black pepper finish with faint lingering brazil nuts.