Our Process

Small Batch

We believe quality, not quantity, is the key to making great vodka. That’s why we make every single batch by hand. We use no computers and no automation. From creating our own mash to sealing and signing every bottle, we do it all. The result is a classic vodka meant to be savored one sip at a time.

EXPLORE THE BOYD & BLAIR JOURNEY

The Original
Flavored Vodka

Boyd & Blair is made only from locally grown potatoes. Why potatoes? Potatoes yield a slightly sweeter vodka. Only a classic vodka is made from potatoes. Sure, they cost more than grains. But if you want to make a great vodka, you spare no expense.

The Heart of the Matter

For every single batch of vodka, there are three parts produced. The first part is called the “heads.” These toxic, bitter alcohols are discarded. The “hearts” flow next. Naturally sweet, ours are collected one batch at a time. The final part is the “tails.” Most distillers recycle these musty alcohols to increase their yield. Not Boyd & Blair. We bottle only the hearts.

process

Process
Potatoes

All of our potatoes are sourced locally from Pennsylvania.

Tank
Original Mash

The process of mashing cooks down the potato starch converting it to sugars.

Frementation
Fermentation

Champagne yeast is added during the fermentation process to convert sugars to alcohol.

Distillation
Distillation

Boyd & Blair is tripled distilled in our 1,200 liter copper pot still with all segments of the runs being cut by taste.

Pot Still

“Single Batch” means tails are removed

What we are left with is a tank of hearts at 95% (190 proof). This is diluted to 60% and distilled again. This cleans up the alcohol (makes it more smooth). Heads, hearts and tails cuts are done by taste again since we added water.

Heads, Hearts & Tails

Heads
For every single batch of vodka, there are three parts produced. The first part is called the “heads.” These toxic, bitter alcohols are discarded.

Hearts
The “hearts” flow next. Naturally sweet, ours are collected one batch at a time.

Tails
The final part is the “tails.” Most distillers recycle these musty alcohols to increase their yield. Not Boyd & Blair. We bottle only the hearts.

Bottling

Every bottle of Boyd & Blair is filled, corked, waxed and signed by hand.

Bottling

THE RESULT

An award winning craft spirit and the flagship product of Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries Three-Time Ranked Best Vodka of 120 Top Spirits in the World.

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