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!
On the first floor, they have the brewing floors:
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!