7 Favorite Regional Spirits
Looking for something special? We’re talking about bottles so unique that your drinking buddies won’t be able to find them at all. Well, you’re in luck. Thanks to the dozens of craft distilleries and small brands around the country, there’s now an array of products that are only available in select markets. Here are a few to keep an eye out for during your spring travels.
Hickory smoke is commonly used in Southern barbecue, but until recently, nobody we knew of had ever added it to whiskey. This unique spirit is made by smoke-drying wheat before it’s fermented, distilled, and aged in former bourbon casks. Made in downtown Little Rock, it’s only for sale in Arkansas.
Batiste Rum ($40)
It’s not particularly easy to find the sugar cane-based rhum agricole from Martinique, and it’s even harder to get your hands on liquor produced on its Caribbean neighbor Marie-Galante. Fortunately, Batiste — which is made on the tiny island and bottled in San Francisco — is available throughout California.
Black Star Farms Spirit of Apple ($25) and Spirit of Pear ($25)
Northern Michigan’s Black Star Farms boasts vineyards, two wineries and an inn. Plus, its distillery makes a selection of spirits from local fruits. The clear pear eau-de-vie and oak-aged apple brandy are its best sellers, and you can buy them in-state and at a handful of spots in Indiana.