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Oct 8, 2011 08:24 PM

what are peoples comments on Tito's vodka

I tried some tito's vodka, I only drink "top shelf" but tito's taste better than all of the, but my question is what is the hangover like?

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  1. Also does anyone know any details about this company and the making of it

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    1. re: bigbusiness

      Google the story - it's quite interesting.

      1. re: Veggo

        I did, but I was looking for more of comsumer (us) responses

        1. re: bigbusiness

          It certainly has a faithful following in Austin, predictably, and I have had it from time to time, but I don't have a critical eye for judging vodkas, nor have I had enough to suffer a hangover.

    2. Good morning! So, what IS a Tito hangover like?......:)

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      1. re: Veggo

        After consuming approx. 500ml, no hangover, good stuff, I founf it also very smooth, in fact I am going to hit the gym in a bit :-)

        1. re: Veggo

          I also drink 3 16oz waters before bed

        2. There was a Wall Street Journal article not so long ago about Tito's and other so-called "artisanal vodkas" saying that it's produced by a sourced manufacturer (not by Tito) the way commodities are often produced and then labeled by brand (for example, pet food.) This doesn't mean that Tito's doesn't have its own "recipe" or that it doesn't taste good/bad, but be aware that it's produced in an industrial manner like most all vodkas that have national distribution.

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          1. re: penthouse pup

            Do you have any more info on that article in the WSJ?
            I found this one which seems to say the opposite.

            I have been trying to find out the truth about Tito's since I have heard from two different, high quality sources, opposing things. One says that it is an artisanal product, the other that it is not.

            1. re: JMF

              The article was written by Eric Felton (who had a regular spirits column for several years) and the date is Jan. 7, 2006. The article was titled, "The Emperor's New Vodka." Here is the quote:

              "Another brand with a pot still on the label is Tito's Handmade Vodka, from Texas. This, even though proprietor Tito Beveridge buys his spirit from a factory distillery before giving it a couple of passes on his own pot stills. "In this country," explains Tito's sales manager Joe Herpin, "everybody buys their vodka from two or three people." Tito's is very good vodka, and basically indistinguishable from the very good vodkas made by mass marketers like Smirnoff and Skyy."

              1. re: penthouse pup

                I don't understand this. I thought that the advantage of a pot still was the ability to allow a controlled amount of congeners into the final product. Would not the "factory distillery" use a column still, thereby removing all but a tiny amount of congeners, leaving an all-but-tasteless neutral spirit?

                Seems sort of like a magic machine from which one would pass orange soda pop and get fresh squeezed orange juice.

                1. re: EvergreenDan

                  You can't make vodka in a pot still. They are incapable of getting a spirit to the legal definition of vodka, ie. distilled out to 190 proof. The still has to have a column with at least 16+ plates. By buying NGS (190 proof neutral grain spirits) and putting it in the still, adding water, and re-distilling, you can legally say you distilled the vodka. Even though all you did was re-distill neutral spirits. (That cost $400 a 55 gallon drum. Which comes out to $3.08 a gallon of 80 proof vodka. Now you see why Tito's and many other vodkas are laughing their way to the bank when they sell you it for $20-30 a bottle, which costs them $0.75 for the vodka, $0.50 for the label, and $1.00 for the bottle, total cost to make, not including labor, $2.25 for a bottle!)

                  1. re: JMF

                    You are correct. I'm not a vodka drinker but still buy Tito's since it taste clean and cost much less than many other brands. And yes I still have a problem with paying $18 bucks for it but even Everclear is not much cheaper.

                    1. re: scubadoo97

                      But if you buy a bottle of Everclear you can make TWO bottles of vodka out of it!

                        1. re: scubadoo97

                          Of course it wouldn't. You'd be using YOUR tap water instead of the magical $20/bottle tap water they use at the bottling plant.

                          1. re: davis_sq_pro

                            But doesn't the additional distillations result in a smoother finish or is that just marketing as well?

                            1. re: scubadoo97

                              The additional distillation is strictly so they can claim they distilled it themselves.

                              One trip through a pot still of already HIGHLY distilled NGS is not going to make any difference whatsoever. And heck, at least in Boston the tap water is pretty tasty. Dilute on down that NGS.

                      1. re: scubadoo97

                        I got Sobieski on sale for $10 and it is quite good (as vodka goes).

                        1. re: ncyankee101

                          thanks for the tip. That's a great price

                      2. re: JMF

                        I forgot to add the $2.14 federal excise tax on a bottle of 80 proof spirits. So make that $4.39. And the $400 a drum of 190 goes down when you buy bulk. That's just the cost for one drum, including shipping.

                    2. re: penthouse pup

                      Thanks, that's what I had heard from a reliable source who used to work for Tito's.

                2. I'd like to hear more on this, actually. I've bought 2 bottles of this stuff over the last few months and have drank with friends. Oddly enough one bottle seemed noticeably smoother than the second bottle. Both were straight from the freezer.. I know, probably impossible. But we were all curious about it. We buy it in Toronto, Canada.

                        1. re: invinotheresverde

                          Yes, many of the artisanal distilleries do this. Only a dozen or two make their vodka from grains or other raw product.