TOUCH 2.0. In the fall of 2015, Dr. Ramcharran was approached by business partner Scott Conlon about acquiring Fat Dog Spirits distillery that produced a premium Gin and an Artisan Vodka that was amazing; unfortunately, they were not doing much with the company at the time. Scott was convinced it was the best tasting Vodka on the planet and was keenly aware of its potential. Touch is the only Vodka made from Honey. Scott challenged Dr. Ram to consider buying Touch Vodka and to take it over and to work his magic of creating a brand around it. Soon after sampling the Artisan Vodka he was convinced; it was the best tasting Vodka. It wasn’t long after that him and his wife Dr. Sadhana Ramcharran acquired the company and they have not looked back since. The Ramcharran’s have immersed themselves into growing the business. Since acquiring FDS, they have created Touch One, launched Nirvana Spirits a hemp infused Vodka and Gin and in 2021 first quarter Dr. Sadhana will introduce TOUCH PINK a vodka made for the ladies. This vodka from the concept, formulation to the bottle design to the signature recipe is all Dr. Sadhana’s creation. This product is aimed to focusing on bring awareness to women’s issue from heart disease, cancer and domestic violence; 20 percent from
sales will be donated back charities in the local markets that the product is sold.
Touch was originally started by Nick Carboni an investment banker, who had a passion for making vodka. He started out with a tiny distillery in historic Ybor City, in Tampa, Fla. back in 2003. He wanted to make a craft spirit that was unique to Florida by using local ingredients. Hence, he utilized Florida blended honey to make the first Artisan ultra-premium vodka, and he then later on added Florida blended Grapefruits, Key Limes, and Valencia Oranges flavors since these fruits have significant presence in Florida and since the Ramcharran’s have acquired the distillery they have continued to improve the formulation process and have added new products like Nirvana Hemp Spirits and have created a private label division that is making custom products for some of Tampa’s finest restaurants and bars.
Fat Dog Spirits started out making only 500 bottles a month, selling them to bars and restaurants. Today TOUCH Vodka is available throughout Florida and Louisiana while the Nirvana Hemp Spirits is currently sold in 10 states and the US Virgin Islands. Fat Dog Spirits continues to embrace the founder’s ambition which was to make the smoothest and best tasting vodka and to give it a regional character, rich enough to drink straight. Nick came up with the idea of utilizing the Florida wildflower honey from the pine forests and the everglades, (not from the fertilizer and insecticide loaded citrus groves) and is fermented with a special yeast that gives it that unique flavor. Distilled in small batches in a pot still (an important distinction when you are looking for flavor but much more labor intensive than a column still) and then NOT filtered -a major departure from virtually every other vodka on the market. It takes a high degree of care to be able to do this. The Florida wildflower honey is then converted to a 190-proof distillate like a very high-octane mead, then mixed to perfection with the highest quality organic high proof grain spirits giving our TOUCH artisan signature Vodka a unique and ultra-smooth taste. It’s beautifully, clear as a tear drop or morning dew. On swirling, it leaves a thin clear oily coat (sign of nice body) on the inside of the glass with some transitory legs developing then rolls and slides back in an even coat.
Its lightly oily on the tongue, it tastes like a sweet French Brut Champagne. Crisp yeasty, toasty notes, pleasant mild bite/drying at the tip of the tongue according to spirits review.
Nick quickly realized that his honey formula and process was a game changer, with honey it was always consistent, and it made the Artisan vodka extra smooth and tasty. You can’t taste the
honey as a flavor but as a sweetness in the aroma and smoothness is in the body.
Fat Dog Spirits use only the finest Florida Wildflower honey free from pesticides that come from the pine forest and the everglades to ensure a chemical free ingredient that is used in our fermentation process for our Touch original ultra-premium vodka.
To learn more visit the Touch Vodka website.