Adventures In SPLaT: Discovering Distilleries

Hosting events in SoHo have a few key ingredients:  SPLaT:  Space, People, Liquor, and Theme.

I look at the liquor part somewhat of a chase:  there are so many suppliers, all trying to gain market share…so my goal is to meet as many as possible.

It also helped when my friends over at Grand-Army, a creative agency, expressed interest in creating their own brand of liquor.  I was on a mission to contact every distillery in NYC and find the most popular distilleries to tour.  After lots of research, I decided that the most popular distillery is the Kings County Distillery, in DUMBO.

The tour was fascinating – we started on the top floor with barrels and barrels of aging bourbon!

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On the first floor, they have the brewing floors:

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Kings County Distillery’s Bourbon is made from New York State organic corn and malted barley from the U.K., and aged in new, American oak charred barrels.  It is characterized by a rich aroma of fresh corn, balanced with the sweet caramelized oak sap from small casks.  It has a very strong sweet base with flavors of vanilla and caramel, a deep molasses taste to the middle notes, and leaves a smooth finish with hints of cinnamon and autumn spices.  Aged 12 months or more, this bourbon is a precocious whiskey, surprisingly robust for its age.

Kings County Distillery offers tours during the day.  I would highly suggest this to all tourists!