I was turned on to Purus by a childhood friend, Clay Garrett, from Bedford, Virginia, who passes through Asheville, North Carolina, from time to time as a distributor. I have written a bit on Purus in the past and love it cold, on ice, with its taste of stone. Made locally by an Italian family, Purus is arguably the most sippable vodka I’ve ever tasted. I’ve always been a beer, gin and tequila man myself, but when I discovered Purus, well, there’s always a bottle in my fridge (especially when Clay comes to town). It also has a sexy price point at around $20.00 and the mini bottles are excellent samplers if you want to turn on your friends to this organic Italian quaff. You’ll start to see the bottles in the house wells all over the place as knowledge of Purus grows. In truth they are beautiful bottles and we’ve heard that some folks use them for flowers–and the minis for salt and pepper shakers. When Clay and I stopped in at Isa’s Bistro in downtown Asheville, there was a bottle of Purus right in the ice under the bar and the bartender raved about the product. I had the Moscow Mule, sometimes referred to as a Milano Mule (given Purus’ Italian origins). At the liquor dinner at Strada on Broadway, upstairs on a patio with silver chairs and a view of Asheville, I enjoyed another Moscow Mule paired with sliced guanciale pork terrine with Italian smoked pork jowl, black truffles and pistachios. The night grew in fun as I played a little trumpet at Moonshine Bar on Lexington, got to hang with my old friend Clay and enjoyed Purus at various spots throughout the city. Love this vodka! It has a taste that mixes well, for sure, but alone, on ice, there’s nothing like it.