April 15, 2010
Back in November, I wrote a story about a little grappa maker striking it big just across the lake from Seattle in Woodinville, Washington.
Happy to report that last month, Soft Tail Spirits launched another enticing craft liquor–Vodka.
According to Soft Tail’s co-owner and distiller, Dennis Roberts, “It’s taken us almost a year but I can finally say that Western Washington has its first locally produced Vodka since Prohibition. We opened our doors with Grappa in April of 2009 and Grappa will always be our signature spirit. Now we are proud to announce the release of our Soft Tail Vodka.
“Our Vodka has been given the most scrutiny thus far; we attempted the pot-still method and weren’t pleased with the results. That led to purchasing a new Vodka still designed specifically for our needs.”
Robertson says he attempted a number of wheat-based Vodkas and didn’t care for the results. That led to the question, “What other resource from Washington State can we make vodka from?”
He claims the most obvious source was also the most recognizable–the apple.
“We have found that the Washington apple offers unique and higher-quality sugars for the distillation of Vodka than the more traditional potato or grain bases do,” Robertson says. “Through the multiple-distillation process, the apple flavors are gone and what’s left is a crisp, clean, and fresh premium Vodka that’s dangerously smooth.”
So go taste for yourself. Soft Tail Spirits’ tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm. Soft Tail Spirits 80-proof Vodka sells for $28.00 for a 750-ml bottle.