I hope everyone had a great 4th of July and now that vacation time is over, it’s time to get back in the swing of things. It was an awesome birthday weekend.. Thanks for asking…
I know I missed putting this post up before the 4th, but there is always this weekend. So what is the best spirit distilled in your state? I found this article surfing on line and thought it was pretty interesting. I picked four from four states where I have lived, but you can find a complete list here. I have not had the four I picked for this blog post.
You might be surprised by Tennessee.
Celebrate this weekend by enjoying a drink of your favorite.
Whiskey Del Bac Dorado
After years of building furniture out of native mesquite wood, Stephen Paul became obsessed with creating a single malt whisky using barley smoked with mesquite instead of Scotch’s traditional peat. So he taught himself distilling, bought a still and some local barley, and created Whiskey Del Bac. The Dorado version tempers the campfire-smoke flavor with a bit of barrel aging.
St. George Pear Brandy
California is packed with great distilleries, but I had to pick something from St. George Spirits, which kicked off the modern craft-spirits revolution with its founding way back in 1982. The distillery makes an array of gins, vodkas and whiskies, but its pear brandy stands out; delivering incredible intense pear flavor without any cloying sweetness.
Tippler’s Orange Liqueur
Though it’s just a year old, St. Petersburg Distillery blew me away at this year’s Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention, where I thoroughly enjoyed its whiskey, rum, gin and vodka. But the standout was this liqueur, made—of course—with Florida oranges. It has a great balance of sweetness from the juice and bitterness from the peel.
Queen Charlotte’s Reserve Rum
Muddy River Distillery first launched in 2012 with a smooth unaged rum that quickly gained local fame, but Queen Charlotte’s is an upgrade, aged in new American oak barrels for a more complex, caramelly flavor. The stuff may be named for a British queen, but the distillery is all-American: Its stills are named Freedom, Liberty and Democracy.
Remember NEVER drink and drive.. Be Safe!