October 19, 2005

Tito's Handmade Vodka Review

Tito's Handmade Vodka
80 Proof, Corn-based Texas Vodka
Typical Price: Under $20 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits
Availability: Tito's is available in 40 states; check their website for availability in your state or buy it online

Big Tito's Vodka BottleInitial Thoughts: We've been big fans of all the vodkas we've reviewed so far, but there's something very special about this one. We're going to keep our review clean, simple and straight to the point, just like Tito's.

Cocktail Recipes: Tito's is the only vodka we've reviewed so far that we preferred straight; all we needed was a slight chill from the freezer. It was also tasty on the rocks, or mixed in drinks, but it just felt right to drink it on its own. There was very little nose, which is rare for vodkas, which in our experience tend to have at least a whiff of alcoholic tang.

As for the taste, it was straightforward and mostly prevalent on the front of the tongue, with of a woody or herbal back end. Very clean, very pure, very tasty. We suppose this is the advantage to distilling your liquor six times, and we finally understand why this stuff has been so lavished with praise from everyone who's tried it.

Finishing Thoughts:We're going to go out on a limb and say Tito's vodka is the smoothest we've ever tasted. That's not to say there's no better vodka out there, but between the taste and the price, which is an added bonus of a small company with low overhead and no importing costs, we're Tito's converts. We can't think of any reason, barring two broken legs and a restraining order from the liquor store, why we won't always have a bottle of Tito's in our cabinet.

Learn more about Tito's vodka, and by all means, go out and get a bottle of your own. Buy Tito's online at Internet Wines and Spirits.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 19, 2005 6:24 AM


Recent Comments

I'm enjoying a glass of Tito's Handmade Vodka as this is being written and must say the review is accurate. It's an excellent spirit and delightful. I like its flavor and how it lingers on the tongue
with each sip. Wonderful!

Posted by: Mike at July 24, 2010 11:12 PM

Where can I purchase Tito's Handmade Vodka in or near Boca Raton, Fl?

Posted by: Alan Bueller at September 2, 2009 10:56 PM

Yo! Tito! How are ya doing these days? I remember chatting it up with you at an in-store product sample tasting about your new equipment for fuel reclamation and redemtion. In other words your vodka is the best American made corn vodka because you've been discarding the "bad" alcohol by selling it as 90 percent stuff to the oil industry guys. And now you were just about to refine those yucky discards into 100 percent ethyl so you could actually sell ethanol-gasoline from your own pump to make more $ and keep the costs of your pride & joy vodka down. You should read some of my other commentaries. Ha Ha.

Posted by: Scooterboy at May 29, 2009 5:53 PM

I'm half way through my first bottle of Tito's (over several days). To me it tastes how rubbing alcohol smells. Smooth and not strong, yet rubbing alcohol keeps coming to mind.

Posted by: JJ at April 16, 2009 10:27 PM

It is not possible to say anything other than how great Tito's is in response to this article. It doesn't matter that I was the one who was distilling when "Tito" won the Double Gold in 2001, because "Tito" is so great that even though he was home sleeping, his essence was infused into the bottles that I made and sent to the competition in his name. It is Imported from Missouri. It is distilled one time by Tito's, then bottled and called "Texas Vodka". This is a fact. Is this China? Can the truth be told in American Journalism?

Posted by: jeff at April 2, 2009 6:29 AM

Tito's Vodka is nothing more than cheap corn liquor imported from Missouri to Texas in big plastic barrels, then put into bottles by Tito, and called "Texas Vodka". It is over priced, and no better than any other Vodka on the Market. Tito is a marketing man, that is it. He is not, and has never been, a distiller. His license is not for a distillery. He merely reconstitutes an already made ethanol product. Don't fool yourself people...

Posted by: jthurmon at April 2, 2009 5:25 AM

I Just tried this vodka. It's AMAZING. I have to say this is the best by far, and i'm a Belvidere convert. I just wish it was more widley available, actually, scratch that, I like that i'm the only one who knows about it.

Posted by: John Z at October 20, 2008 2:46 PM

Tried it last Friday for the first time. A sales rep brought a bottle in to a neighborhood watering hole.

Must say it is the best tasting Vodka I ever had.
My favorites are Skyy and Grey Goose but now I will have to add Tito's to that list.

Posted by: Danny at August 11, 2008 11:31 PM

I CONCUR! I live in CO. and I have tried them all (vodka's), I hope they market it correctly, like the microbrews of Fort Collins, CO. Make it(and keep it) strong in Austin and the word will spread! Look up these micro brews in Fort Collins "They taste GREAT" and so does Tito's (purchased in FC)!

Posted by: McG at February 16, 2008 12:30 AM

I CONCUR! I live in CO. and I have tried them all (vodka's), I hope they market it correctly, like the microbrews of Fort Collins, CO. Make it(and keep it) strong in Austin and the word will spread! Look up these micro brews in Fort Collins "They taste GREAT" and so does Tito's (purchased in FC)!

Posted by: McG at February 16, 2008 12:26 AM

I was turned onto Tito's in St. Louis years ago and have never looked back. I've had relatives and friends bring all sorts of vodkas back from the old country and there are few good ones from St. Petersburg but nothing like Tito's. Of course, I'm a vodka snob and would never lower myself to the level of Grey Goose crap. So much money just to convince yippity yuppities to waste money on status. I have conducted many blind taste challenges to prove a point and take yuppy money. Everytime, they loved Tito's and swore it was their grey goose. Funny how they were disgusted with what they picked that ended up to their horror, to be grey goose-shit. Interesting. I saw a similar taste test on 20/20 or nightline, or one of those news shows and they proved the same thing with all these yuppies. They just didn't bet on it. So much marketing and so few taste buds. When will people ever learn. PS: As a true Hunky, the winter tradition when the temp. is below zero is to sit in the snow eating cloves of fresh garlic and washing it down with frozen Tito's to keep warm!!

Posted by: Joseph at September 18, 2007 5:57 PM

ca i buy tito vodka in s.c.? if so, where.

Posted by: hc leslie at September 24, 2006 1:04 PM

Tito's is not yet widely available, but I am spreading the news to as many people as possible.

I've taken bottles to family in California, Florida and Maryland, all of whom like premium Vodkas, like Belvedere, grey Goose ... etc. All agree with the overall smoothness of this product. I will be sending some bottles to friends in upstate New York whom should be very instrumental in spreading it around ...

BTW, I am not affiliated with Tito's in any way, other than being from Austin, I just like this product and want to share it with all y'all !!!

Don't drink and drive ...

Posted by: Mark Torrey at August 23, 2006 11:50 AM

Best vodka ever made...and I live in Austin, so I'm even more partial!!! Great job!

Posted by: Lee at June 17, 2006 12:28 PM

its corn based and gluten free. people with intestinal problems should drink this vodka...or if your allergic to glutens. try adding peppers of your choice 2 it and resting it for a year. awesome stuff.

makes a great fresh squeezed fl grapefruit salty dog.

Posted by: kelsey at April 9, 2006 11:21 PM

I had my first Tito's experience at Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2005. Previous to that, I had only seen advertisements in the Wall St. Journal. When I finally tried it, I thought it was the best vodka I had ever had. I was also of the impression that it was difficult to purchase in Denver, Colorado. Fortunately, not the case. My local liquor store carried it. Now, I buy it all the time. Tito's far surpasses my previous Vodka of choice, Grey Goose. This stuff is the absolute best. My Father, Brother and I can polish a bottle of Tito's off in one sitting. We all love it! If you have the opportunity, try it, it is definitely a treat.

Posted by: Justin Feferman at March 3, 2006 1:25 AM

I would like to know more about Tito's Vodka. How it was started, when, and by whom. Please Email me the story. C Boyd

Posted by: Charles Boyd at January 25, 2006 8:14 PM
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