In the late 1800s, hundreds of federally licensed farm distilleries surrounded the Statesville region. They supported the major rectification companies shipping spirits out on the rail lines along the East Coast. Prohibition hit Statesville early in 1903, shutting down a robust industry — but the spirit lived on. Inspired by the heritage, tradition, and ingenuity of Statesville, Southern Distilling Company obtained the Hunting Creek trademark and set out to restore another piece of local heritage.
Bottled at 100 proof and aged for at least four years, the first Hunting Creek Straight Rye Whiskey bottled-in-bond release is distilled in Statesville with a mash bill of 51% rye, 39% corn, and 10% malted barley.
The deep amber whiskey carries notes of baking spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, with hints of dark fruit like black cherry and blackberry and subtle sweetness from caramel to vanilla and a spicy kick that lingers throughout.
Southern Distilling Company’s Hunting Creek Straight Rye Whiskey (100 proof/50% ABV/$49.95/750mL) became available to ABC stores across North Carolina in April, and bottles from this release can also be purchased at the distillery.
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