We’ve been all aboard the craft gin train for the last few years but now it’s time for a new spirit to take the spotlight… vodka! Getting the craft vodka party started here in South Africa is an import from the good ‘ol USA, Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Produced at the oldest legal distillery in Austin, Texas, this delicious vodka may be new to our shores but the brand is steeped in history.
The creator of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bert “Tito” Beveridge, obtained a legal permit for the distillery after any form of spirit or moonshine was banned for a long time in Texan history. The distillery has been crafting vodka for a long time and today Tito’s is still formulated in small batches using old-fashioned copper pot stills in its distillation process. This does indeed make the distillation process far more expensive and time-consuming than usual vodka production methods but you get a real payoff when it comes to flavour.
There’s no doubt about it, this is premium stuff and to ensure the utmost in quality, every batch of Tito’s Handmade Vodka is individually taste-tested to ensure the true Tito flavour is maintained. But the unique selling points don’t stop there. What makes this craft spirit even more special is that it is made with corn as a base in the production, instead of typical wheat, which means it not only has a distinctly smooth, sweet taste, but it’s also naturally gluten-free!
Tito’s Handmade Vodka can be found in all high-end liquor stores, bars and restaurants around South Africa for approximately R280 per bottle. It’s available in a 750ml bottle at 43% vol. alc.