“We began by making whiskey at home. This gave us a chance to learn for ourselves what makes good whiskey—in some cases our answers confirmed conventional wisdom, but more often they turned it on its head. As a result, our whiskey is idiosyncratic; its taste reflects our values. We believe whiskey making is more than a business: it is an historical, agricultural, political, and gastronomical act. And it should be good fun.” —Colin Spoelman, Co-Founder and Master Distiller.
Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest, largest, and premier whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade moonshine, bourbon, and other whiskeys out of the 120-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Kings County Distillery’s Straight Bourbon is made from New York State organic corn and malted barley from the U.K., is twice distilled in copper pot stills and then aged in new charred oak barrels. It is characterized by a rich aroma of fresh corn, balanced with the sweet caramelized oak sap from small barrels. 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 for at least two years, this bourbon is a precocious whiskey, surprisingly robust for its age.
80% New York State Organic Corn 20% English "Golden Promise" Malt
Open-Fermented Off Grain 2 x Pot Distilled
Alcohol Content: 45% Volume: 375ml Ageing Barrels: 2+ years
Awards Received: San Francisco World Spirits Competition: double-gold 2019, gold 2017, bronze 2018. ADI Craft Spirit Awards: silver medal 2013 and 2014 (Best in Category), 2012, 2017, 2019, bronze 2018. ACSA Awards: silver medals (2) 2014, 2016, 2019; bronze 2017, 2018.
Rating: 89 points by Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2013 (89=excellent)
Tasting Note: Crisp Demerara sugar; sumptuous texture, aided by melt-in-the-mouth natural caramels; an excellent outpouring of citrus-tinged vanilla; for a year-old bourbon the sugars have accumulated charmingly.