Boyd & Blair potato vodka receives worldwide honor |

Boyd & Blair potato vodka receives worldwide honor

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries
Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka

Here’s a reason for a toast.

Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries’ Boyd & Blair potato vodka has been awarded the Chairman’s Trophy from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. It earned the highest scoring spirit in its category with a rating of 96/100, according to a news release.

The vodka has been a Tried and True award winner for four consecutive years as well as a Great Value, for an “exemplary balance between price and quality,” the release said.

“Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries is honored to be recognized by the Ultimate Spirits Challenge for a fourth year, and proud to once again stand among some of the most talented distillers worldwide,” Barry Young, co-founder of the Shaler distillery, said in a statement.

The judges described the alcohol: “lemony and sea salt flecked aroma is clean, reminiscent of fresh linen; silky and buttery in the mouth, the subtle flavors develop with a mild earthy sweetness and a touch of lime. It is clean and bright on the finish.”

F. Paul Pacult, chairman of judging for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge said, “Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, produced near Pittsburgh is a once-in-a-generation distillate that redefines an entire category. While most unflavored vodkas leave you without sensory impressions because they are void of character, Boyd & Blair gives you rich aroma, bountiful flavor, and a satiny texture.”

The Ultimate Spirits Challenge is a prestigious yearly evaluation and recognition of high quality spirits and beverages worldwide. In its fourth year as a contender, Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries is proud to have continuously received a top rating for its flagship spirit, Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, standing apart from a record number of entries from over 45 spirit-producing nations, the release said.

Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries is an independent distillery along Route 8 in Shaler. The vodka is currently sold in 43 states, plus Singapore, Hong Kong, and Alberta, Canada.


JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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