Still the One Distillery is located along the banks of the Byram River in Port Chester, NY. This is the first reason I have an affinity for them. I have fond memories of Portchester, which lies in the part of Westchester County that abuts Connecticut. My parents lived in Greenwich and now back country Stamford. I went to school at Stamford UConn of six months, and went to school with Moby and then used to go to The Beat (a club) to hear him spin records. He was awesome even back then. There was also a home center there wherein I spent a lot of time. Ed and Laura's distillery is situated in a manufacturing district, surrounded by welders, metal fabricators and commercial fishing vessels.
Master Distiller, Ed Tiedge, is a former officer of Marines and Wall Street bond trader who decided to pursue his passion for unique and excellent spirits. According to their website, "After leaving Corporate America, Ed began his journey into crafting spirits by studying distillation and vinification (wine making) techniques in California and working at a small winery and distillery in Cognac, France. He then began researching the production of mead, a honey wine that has been made since ancient times. Thinking back on his experience in distilling wine into brandy, Ed began to formulate a process to distill honey wine into spirits. Through much research and hard work, he found the right varietal honey and yeast combinations and the precise distillation technique to create an incredible honey based vodka we call Comb. Nowadays, Ed works hands-on every day with his crew to make world class spirits at StilltheOne Distillery - the name of which is inspired by his wife and Chief Tasting Officer Laura, who, after all these years, is Still the One."
And btw, Still the One was a song that came out when I was in 7th Grade in Fairfield, Connecticut. It was from Orleans' album Waking the Dream. Orleans was a soft rock group from the Hudson Valley! Who knows, I could be wrong. It could be off the Shania Twain song You're still the One, which is a completely different song. But when I here the Orleans song I think of Connecticut and Portchester.
Why do they use honey? Honey is expensive, it’s hard to work with and fermenting it can be difficult. So, why do they use it? Honey, like different grapes for wine, can provide a number of varietal options. Their honey is made from orange blossoms which contributes its unique character and allows them to create a perfectly balanced spirit.
Comb has hints of orange as promised. It's got a big smooth round flavor. Really great mouth feel. One can absolutely see numerous vodka drinks made with his wonderful distillate. Smooth. Great on ice, or as a vodka martini. A very, very nice drink.
Still the One is the one you should be looking for!!!