It is the beginning of summer and that is the opening for a change in what or how you drink. One of the things that becomes a bigger part of drinking is vodka, with the sun out and the temperature rising it is time to look at a vodka. Right now, that vodka is Boyd & Blair potato vodka.
Potato vodkas were thought to have their moment in the sun, with the rise of the gluten free craze. Tito’s on the other hand had a different idea and it is a shame because there are some great potato vodkas out there like Boyd & Blair. That has the look of a classy bottle of your favorite spirit and the touch of being a small batch vodka.
Most of the time I would not start off with the bottle, Boyd & Blair is an exception. The simple black and white print for the name, the brown label that has the batch number and still master’s initials and the stamping of 80 proof, that lightly reads above Pennsylvania pure distilleries Glenshaw, PA (a town outside of Pittsburgh) gives a simple look that could be call probation style; with a modern flare. The bottle itself capped with wax after being corked is something that will catch your eye.
Now it is time to talk about what is in the bottle and that is a potato vodka that surpasses many in the potato vodka field. The aroma is the start of why this vodka won’t be for everyone; It has a sweetness to it that is prefect for spring or summer with a great smell of honey sickle and a touch of vanilla. The taste does continue with that synergizing with the aroma it has a touch of coco in it, vanilla a texture that is coating a balanced not quite creamy. The finish is long it is also clean and will keep you occupied until your next sip.
In cocktails, it depends on your taste I really enjoyed it with soda a lemon peel, in a tonic I was not as excited. It works well in a vodka sour and can be used with many ingredients to design a new cocktail variant or something that was new to use in general. Boyd & Blair also makes a more than respectable martini (for the vodka martini lovers) it will be more than expected I would recommend it stirred not shaken.
Boyd & Blair is a small batch vodka and that is one of the wonderful things about it. They also use Pennsylvania potatoes to create their vodka. They also landing on a champagne yeast to help with the distillation process and doing so in a copper pot still. Boyd & Blair clearly to the right steps and made great decisions in producing the potato vodka that we can all enjoy.
At the end of the day it all comes down to one thing the score and as much as I would love to say it is a 5 out of 5 it was not to be. At the end of the day little things cost you a perfect score and what are those little things? The fact it gave a vodka tonic a little added flavor that was out of place, the long finish is also an issue for a vodka and finally the fact that it is just a little less of a wow than you would want it to be. By all means this does not mean it is a bad vodka it is clearly above average. It settled just outside of a 5 out of 5 in the 4 out of 5 range.
4 out of 5
Gota Fresca De Limón
1 ½ oz. (45ml) Boyd & Blair vodka
½ oz. (15ml) Licor 43
1 oz. (30ml) Lemon Juice
¾ oz. (22ml) Agave nectar
Garnish sugar rim
In a tin or Boston glass add Agave nectar, Lemon juice, Licor 43 and Boyd & Blair vodka. Then add ice shake vigorously let sit for a second as you sugar the rim of a Cocktail coupe or glass. Strain into the glass and enjoy.