Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, located in Charlotte, NC, has been the darlings of the award circuit this month. GWR was given a bronze medal for their Rua Single Malt Whisky at The New York International Spirits Competition and they were also named the the North Carolina Single Malt Distillery of the Year. That’s impressive. And, they won silver at the Seattle International Spirits Awards.
Also, Garden & Gun Magazine awarded them 1st place for their “Made in the South Awards.” These are big-time accolades for this small distillery.
Rua is a single malt American whiskey that, according to their website, is warmly mellowed by charred white oak and finishes with a soft chocolate tone. I know that we can’t wait to have Great Wagon Road Distilling on SippingNC: The Art of the Drink in the very near future. I really want to taste this award-winning whiskey. My mouth is already watering.
You can find more about GWR by visiting their website. Right now and until the end of the year, as a thank you to all of their supporters, GWR will be giving $5 tours and tastings. They have also extended tour times for their Holiday Open House.
Grab some at your local NC ABC store and let us know what you think. Go take a tour, too!
Slàinte mhath! – Tim
Liquor has been in Jeremy Norris’s life ever since he was born. As a young boy he grew up watching his granddaddy and his dad make illegal liquor. A liquor that had been passed down from generation to generation. Just like many people down in the south, liquor, or moonshine, was just something that was always around; something that wasn’t out of the norm. For young Jeremy, moonshining was just something that you did.
As Jeremy grew older, a passion for shine began to develop and after much thought and a lot of test runs, Jeremy opened Broadslab Distillery in Benson North Carolina. Now, I know that moonshine is popular here in the Carolinas and everyone has their favorite, but Broadslab is much more than just white lightning. As a fifth generation distiller, Jeremy has honed his craft to making one of the best spiced rum in the country. With cinnamon and vanilla notes that explode on your palate and brighten your day, Jeremy’s Carolina Coast spiced rum is one that I drink often and one that surly gives captain Morgan a run for his money.
While ‘shine’ is what Broadslab’s legacy is built on, one of the stars of the show is his Appleshine. A brilliant play on the apple pie moonshine found in unlabeled mason jars across the south, the Appleshine is magical. Incredibly smooth with sweet notes of apple and cinnamon, it is simply amazing. Broadslab has certainly grown since I first met Jeremy at his old distillery location several years ago. He and his family has payed tribute to Jeremy’s late grandfather and built their shop and distillery on his former property, a beautiful tribute to a man that helped make Broadslab what it is today.
If you haven’t had the chance to try Broadslab Distillery’s products make sure you check them out at your local ABC store. As always make sure you #drinklocalNC and listen to Sipping NC for everything North Carolina. Distillers Association of North Carolina Our State Magazine Visit North Carolina