Disclosure: I was sent a sample of Tito’s to taste and review.
There’s been massive growth in small, independent breweries and micro-breweries, but there’s much less fuss around other types of alcohol – like spirits. We have started buying small-scale production spirits in Norfolk occasionally, but we always buy special flavoured liquers. But now Tito’s is here, and they’re bringing their Texas vodka for the discerning palate. It’s been available in the US for a while now, but it’s finally reached our shores.
Such a high quality vodka doesn’t need to be overfussed. I enjoyed a “T&T” – a Tito’s and tonic which I have to say is a perfect refresher in the summer weather. And it slipped down rather easily, I must confess! Just mix a double shot of vodka in a glass with tonic, ice and a slice. I’ve never had a vodka tonic before, but I definitely would have it again. It would be great as a vodka martini so you really get a taste for the purity – my fave is an Earl Grey vodka martini!
Tito Beveridge (yes, that really is his name) started the business after he realised he loved making vodka for Christmas gifts. After humble beginnings in the 90’s, starting the business using credit cards and making a small distillery at home, the business has grown steadily as popularity has grown.
The vodka is made from maize (as opposed to wheat or potatoes) so it’s gluten free. I found the taste to be incredibly smooth – no afterburn. That’s due to the distillation process – the vodka is distilled 6 times in pot stills. It’s also won Double Gold at the World Spirits Competition – so you know it’s good!
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is available now at The Spirit Cellar and is £29.99.