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what are peoples comments on Tito's vodka

bigbusiness Oct 8, 2011 08:24 PM

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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    bigbusiness RE: bigbusiness Oct 8, 2011 08:26 PM

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

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      Veggo RE: bigbusiness Oct 8, 2011 08:35 PM

      Google the story - it's quite interesting.

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        bigbusiness RE: Veggo Oct 8, 2011 08:46 PM

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

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          Veggo RE: bigbusiness Oct 8, 2011 08:49 PM

          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. Veggo RE: bigbusiness Oct 9, 2011 05:59 AM

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

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        bigbusiness RE: Veggo Oct 9, 2011 08:07 AM

        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 :-)

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          bigbusiness RE: Veggo Oct 9, 2011 08:08 AM

          I also drink 3 16oz waters before bed

        2. penthouse pup RE: bigbusiness Oct 9, 2011 06:29 PM

          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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            JMF RE: penthouse pup Oct 21, 2011 12:51 PM

            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.

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              penthouse pup RE: JMF Oct 24, 2011 02:00 PM

              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."

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                EvergreenDan RE: penthouse pup Oct 24, 2011 05:45 PM

                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.

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                  JMF RE: EvergreenDan Oct 25, 2011 08:33 AM

                  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!)

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                    scubadoo97 RE: JMF Oct 26, 2011 07:36 AM

                    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.

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                      davis_sq_pro RE: scubadoo97 Oct 26, 2011 08:35 AM

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

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                        scubadoo97 RE: davis_sq_pro Oct 26, 2011 08:57 AM

                        Not sure it would taste the same

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                          davis_sq_pro RE: scubadoo97 Oct 26, 2011 09:16 AM

                          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.

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                            scubadoo97 RE: davis_sq_pro Oct 26, 2011 10:44 AM

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

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                              StriperGuy RE: scubadoo97 Oct 27, 2011 02:33 AM

                              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.

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                        ncyankee101 RE: scubadoo97 Oct 26, 2011 08:44 AM

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

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                          scubadoo97 RE: ncyankee101 Oct 26, 2011 08:58 AM

                          thanks for the tip. That's a great price

                      3. re: JMF
                        JMF RE: JMF Oct 28, 2011 04:46 AM

                        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
                      JMF RE: penthouse pup Oct 25, 2011 08:34 AM

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

                2. duckdown RE: bigbusiness Oct 23, 2011 08:00 PM

                  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. invinotheresverde RE: bigbusiness Oct 23, 2011 09:12 PM

                    It's NGS with water. Who cares?

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                      JMF RE: invinotheresverde Oct 24, 2011 10:44 AM

                      The thing is, can you back that up?

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                        invinotheresverde RE: JMF Oct 24, 2011 11:43 AM

                        I meant vodka in general.

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                          JMF RE: invinotheresverde Oct 25, 2011 08:36 AM

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

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                      hawkeyeui93 RE: bigbusiness Oct 25, 2011 10:19 AM

                      I'm in the camp that Vodka is generally an uninteresting spirit [and my white booze of choice is gin], but I bought a bottle of Tito's for a party I hosted on sale for $14.99. I mixed it with a little cranberry juice and surprise, surprise ... it was like drinking vodka!

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