King's County Distillery: New York’s Oldest
They say old is gold. Old distilleries hold an irresistible charm for any whisky lover. And, a search for the oldest operating whisky distillery in New York will lead you to the King’s County Distillery. Standing in a corner on the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this 117-year old distillery was America’s first to open after the Prohibition Era. Beginning the journey in a tiny room in East Williamsburg, the distillery shifted to the waterfront Paymaster Building, a stone’s throw away from the landmark where the Brooklyn Whisky War of 1860s was fabled to have taken place. The King’s County Distillery strikes a note of symphony between the traditional, and the modern. The distillery uses copper stills imported from Scotland with hand-built wooden fermenters sourced locally in their distillation process. It remains one of the oldest, and the most prominent craft distilleries of New York, well known for producing corn whiskey, and bourbon.
The distillery arranges weekly tour and tasting sessions for whisky lovers, from Tuesday to Sunday. The tasting sessions take place on Monday, Saturday, and Sunday. A whisky tasting at the King’s County Distillery will give you a chance to sip on some unique, house special whiskies. Moonshine Whisky, matured from indigenous New York organic corn, double distilled, and unfiltered remains the distillery’s most famous creation, and has received high praise from whisky connoisseur Jim Murray. Apart from that, Chocolate Whisky, an in-house innovation also remains a hot favourite among the distillery’s dedicated customers.
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Bakery Hill Distillery, Australia
Having been constantly told over the years that no other place in the world can produce as good single malt whiskies as Scotland, David Baker, a former food scientist, was irked so much, that he began distilling whisky from 1999. He thought if one could understand the process of whisky making at a molecular level, it might be possible to replicate some of the best single malts from Scotland. With that in mind, he followed the traditional procedures which have been practiced for centuries now, and acquired equipment from some of the leading engineering firms from UK. Since he believes that the most important part of the distillery is the still, and that every dimension in the still influences the flavor, aroma, and the character of the whisky, he took great effort in designing the stills. That is how Bakery Hill distillery was born in Victoria, Australia.Read More