Raw material: Potato
Geography: Pennsylvania, United States
Alcohol by volume: 40.0%
Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 98 points
(80Âº) 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.
The owners of Boyd & Blair, Barry Young and C. Prentiss Orr, give new meaning to the phrase â€œhandmade by locals.â€? 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 â€œheart of the runâ€?, 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.