It seems the category of vodka continues to take 2 steps back( with its relentless introduction of marshmallow, cupcake and whip cream artificial flavors) and one step forward. One brand that is moving vodka to more respectable territories is BOYD & BLAIR. Made from potatoes grown in Pennsylvania, Boyd & Blair is now available in its home state as well as Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois and California. Spirit expert F. Paul Pacult from Spirit Journal (a quarterly newsletter that’s similar to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) gave this vodka a five-star rating, ranking it as the Top vodka in the world.
This what he said: “Wow, this aroma comes flying out of the glass in waves of white potato, starch, and parchment; seven more minutes of aeration don’t greatly alter the aromatic profile, but there is a noticeable deepening of the established scents, especially the raw white potato element. Entry is nothing short of luscious, semisweet, chewy, and smooth; midpalate adds cocoa bean, maple, and honey. Aftertaste is graceful, solid, and simply delicious. The best small-scale vodka I’ve had since the 45th Parallel. So sumptuous and tasty that it’s spectacular tasted neat. Best non-Polish vodka available. AWESOME ACHIEVEMENT”