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2013 in Spirits, A Year’s Review in Video

T. Edward Wines & Spirits, Micro Distilleries

2013 was an exciting year at T. Edward, most especially for the addition of our Spirits Portfolio, developed by Scott Rosenbaum, our Spirits Strategist.  With a focus on developing a strong foundation first, we welcomed 15 items, including gin, vodka, rum, tequila, bourbon, rye, a pumpkin cordial and a coffee liqueur. From Brooklyn to Seattle, our six micro-distilleries oversee all aspects of production from the milling of grains at Dark Horse Distillery to hand-bottling at The Noble Experiment.  And since it’s now well-known that a large number of brands from “so-called craft distilleries” are “made in a single, industrial facility” there’s no better time than the present to know the distiller behind the bottle.

From Brooklyn, Bridget Firtle is a one-woman rum operation in East Williamsburg.  Leaving behind a career in finance, Bridget was one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2013. In addition to her Owney’s Original Small Batch Rum, Bridget also crafted a limited edition series of Owney’s All-Natural Infused Rums, in perfectly sized flask bottles.

Also hailing from Brooklyn, Industry City Distillery was recently featured in the New York Times, in an article titled, “90 Proof New York“.  Located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, this team of five was also included in Forbes 30 Under 30 for inventing the modern day, eco-friendly distillery.  The above video is courtesy of the blog at GQ Magazine.

From the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, the co-founders of Suerte Tequila craft three single estate tequilas, including a Blanco, a Reposado and an Añejo.  As one of the few tequila distillers to ground all of their agave with a traditional Tahona, Suerte produces a tequila that’s more like a wine, cognac or armagnac, due to its layers of complexities.

Residing in Boulder, Colorado, Ted Palmer of Roundhouse Spirits distills his gin using 11-certified-organic hand-ground botanicals; but he also crafts the Roundhouse Imperial Barrel Aged Gin, alongside the Roundhouse Pumpkin King Cordial.

A true craft-distillery, Dark Horse is located in Kansas City and is owned and operated by the Garcia siblings.  Sourcing grains from local farmers, they also mill their grains at the distillery and hand-label their bottles.  When compared to the “conglomerate distilleries” it doesn’t get any more “micro” than this.

Without video, but not without craft and class, Tatoosh Distillery is another micro-distillery from Seattle.  With a family history that’s rich in distillation, Troy Turner of Tatoosh Distillery produces an old school-style of Bourbon.

With a number of other spirit relations already in the works, 2014 promises to be as fruitful as 2013.  Stay tuned for more, and Happy New Year!

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