Chase Oak Smoked Vodka
Water from their own spring is smoked with English Oak for five days then blended with Chase Vodka to achieve a beautifully delicate smoky finish. An initial peppery haze leads to oak smokiness on the nose. Sweet, woody notes. Hints of charcoal with bitterness and spice on the palate. Soft and delicate smoky finish.
Will Chase grew up in Herefordshire and feels very lucky to have been brought up in that beautiful part of the world. He had been farming potatoes for 20 years, mostly supplying supermarkets as a commodity, which left him feeling detached, without any feedback from the end customer. With the continual price pressure from the supermarkets as well, he realized he had to change directions, but he wanted to remain in farming and produce a great tasting product that could be made from potatoes.
He was hit one day with the eureka moment to turn his potatoes into chips. He spent 2002 travelling the world to source the equipment and recipe to make potato chips. By the summer, “Tyrrells” was born.
As Tyrrells grew, he was searching for the next step. In 2004 whilst travelling in the USA, looking for packaging equipment for the chips, he stumbled on a small distillery making potato vodka and thought this would be a great new chapter to life. So he returned home, thought about it and decided it would definitely be more fun making vodka. He researched the market and found it to be full of a lot of ‘twee’ marketing stories or large corporate companies. So he thought there would be a market if we could make a quality product and sell it with the provenance and pedigree.
Though Vodka aspires to be an odorless and tasteless spirit on its own, this aspect (somewhat ironically) makes it the perfect base for flavored spirits, as there aren’t any other flavors or aromas to compete with those being added. While some premium producers steep their Vodkas with actual fruit, extracts and concentrates are most commonly used to achieve a desired flavor.