Tasty small batch spirits to add to your home bar.
While you might think small batch craft distilleries are overrated and are the purview of the waning hipster trend, we would disagree. Just like we saw with the craft beer trend, the popularity of small batch spirits is actually growing. The tastes of imbibers all across the U.S. have really only been whetted and they are pretty much always on the lookout for the latest and best new small batch American spirits.
Learn about some of our favorite small batch spirits to add to your home bar.
5 of the Hottest American Small Batch Spirits
- Bluecoat American Dry Gin – Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia’s Bluecoat Gin is something special. Bluecoat keeps it real by using just four botanicals—juniper, coriander, citrus peel, and angelica root. It’s also aged for at least three months in American Oak Barrels, which gives it a very grown-up finish. It’s strong in flavor, but so incredibly smooth. It’s great straight, with tonic, or even in a martini.
- Blonde Whiskey – Asheville, NC
Blonde whiskey is distilled with heirloom turkey red wheat and white corn, which is sourced in the lowland hills of Western North Carolina. The varieties of corn and wheat used in this whiskey have been grown in the area since the 1800s. Modern varieties of corn and red wheat have bigger yields and are more resistant to weather and pests, but according to the Asheville Distilling Company, the company that crafts the whiskey, the older grains have a flavor and softness the newer versions can’t match, and that makes this whiskey super smooth.
- Blueshine Blueberry Moonshine – Maine
Blueberry moonshine might not be your go-to spirit, but it’s certainly one of those special items to add to your home bar. Made from barley from the fields of Maine, fermented in a large wooden fermenter, and run through a copper still with a whole bunch of wild blueberries and finished off with Maine maple syrup. It’s smooth and sweet and quite a treat.
- Barr Hill Gin – Hardwick, VT
Barr Hill Gin is a wonderful treat that features raw northern honey. Added just before bottling, the raw honey imparts unique floral qualities that vary with season and blossom. Imagine what a wildflower meadow next to a pine forest would taste like–that’s Barr Hill. The distillery, which is located on the banks of the Lamoille River in the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont is part of a community of farms where the production of milk, cheese, timber, grains, honey, seeds, and herbs is infused in this tasty spirit.
- Rumble Whiskey – Texas
Rumble Whiskey comes highly recommended and is also crafted utilizing honey–it’s actually made with fermented Texas wildflower honey, Mission figs, and turbinado sugar. A truly elegant and distinctive spirit is produced through the twice distilled process and maturation in premium oak casks. This one-of-a-kind Texas creation, crafted by Balcones, is a must-have for your home bar.
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