With so many vodkas out on the market today, the choices can be overwhelming. While searching for some 'great stuff,' we were pleasantly surprised with what was happening in our own backyard. Father and son team, Miles and Marko Karakasevic - 12th and 13th generation distillers - have stepped up to the plate with their alluring line of premium vodkas. Distilled from corn and rye, this grain spirit starts with impeccable purity. The palate is round and properly oily with a long plump and slightly sweet finish. Noted spirits journalist F. Paul Pacult is admittedly not a fan of vodka, however, he could not help but give this his highest recommendation. We concur.
Founded in 1983, Charbay is one of the original artisanal distilleries in the U.S. and remains an independent family business owned and managed by Miles and Susan Karakasevic. They work side by side with their son Marko & his wife, Jenni, to carry on the inherited artisan traditions. The family is one of the early pioneers in the modern American artisan distillery movement. They began distilling in California in 1983 with Alambic Pot Still Brandy and haven't stopped since then. They also make wines, ports and aperitifs - using brandy they distill in their Alambic Pot Still. Marko is Generation XIII to carry on the family's European heritage of fermenting & distilling. It's hard to find someone with a more spontaneous love of the art form all grounded in solid experience. His long apprenticeship covered every category of distilling. And when he'd sourced, distilled and taken to market his very own spirit, his father said he'd earned the right to be called a Master Distiller. The enthusiasm and wisdom of Charbay's founder, Miles Karakasevic, fuels his son, Marko, the family's 13th Generation Master Distiller as he brings his own creativity to the Alambic Charentais Pot Still.