After a long and tiring week, we decided to find our spirits in some Friday night spirits. Imagine my dismay when I entered the busy liquor store to find our favorite (if you could call it that) vodka sold out. Vodka spirits have always been a bit hard for me to swallow, so I was left amidst a sea of clear bottles feeling dismayed and lost. I didn’t want the throat-burn or bite of many of the regular vodka choices and cringed at the thought of settling on a less-than-tolerable bottle of the clear stuff.
After a few minutes of standing there staring at the shiny bottles, I found the most beautiful label staring back at me. It was a pewter-colored label advertising a product from here, from just down the road–Bainbridge Island. With nothing to lose, I picked up this comparably priced-bottle and took it to the register, leaving behind the bottles of flavored Ciroc, Smirnoff, Platinum, Absolut, Pinnacle, and so many more.
Legacy, the organic vodka made by Bainbridge Organic Distillers, is wonderful. It is smooth and sweet without being too sweet and has a slight hint of vanilla. It is our new favorite.
In addition to batting a-thousand on taste, Legacy has other great selling points. It is a local product made by a family-owned distillery that uses 100% USDA Certified Organic products. Bainbridge Island is beautiful and supporting anything from our state just makes sense. Also, since Bainbridge Organic Distillers is still in its infancy and small, it needs help getting its products ready for the public. Saturdays it offers family, friends, and supporters a chance to come in and help bottle as part of the BOD Squad. BOD Squad participants get free organic t-shirts.
In addition to vodka, the distillery offers organic Heritage Gin and Battle Point Whiskey. Neither are available in liquor stores at this time, but in time we hope to see these products alongside Legacy Vodka in state stores. Presently, customers can purchase the gin at the distillery and sign-up on a waiting list for the whiskey, which is distilled in limited batches.
Bainbridge Organic Distillers is now open for tastings, tours, and sales Mondays through Fridays, 10-5, and Saturdays, 10-3. For more information, visit their website or call (206) 842-3184.