Today being May 29th, 2018. A little about 8 Shires Distillery. From farm to table. Locally sourced grains come from a local Virginia farm known as Hart and Son located between Gloucester and West Point. 750 acres of farmland and these folks use natural farming techniques producing high quality grains which include indian corn used in both 8 Shires bourbon and gin products creating very unique flavors.
What sets 8 Shires apart from any other Distillery anywhere is the commitment to 17th and 18th century interpretations of spirits produced by this distillery. Years have been spent researching recipes and techniques in an effort to recreate the flavors of the past. This caused interest with folks over at the Jamestown Island who do the archaeological excavations and interpretations. They approached 8 Shires with the idea of recreating the first spirit ever made in what is now the United States. They offered a very unique proposition that was just to good to pass up. They found a well that was capped by Captain John Smith which was no longer producing enough water for the settlers. The Jamestown folks managed to pull 20 gallons of water from the well and save it. 8 Shires has reproduced a single malt spirit using 10 gallons of that water for recreating the spirit of the time. It's a single malt and it is slated to be bottled in hand blown glass bottles and topped with natural cork wired to the rim of the neck of the bottle.
Release date is expected to coincide with a special event happening at Jamestown Island in April, 2019. Bottles will be 375 ml each and are expected to sell for about $500.00 each. Other spirits being produced by 8 Shires are as follows, Silver rum, dark or aged rum, spiced rum, cordials that change with the seasons are about to be released, George Thorpe original which is a bourbon mash bill white whiskey honoring the father of American Bourbon, and the distillery is also working on a single malt similar to the first spirits ever produced in North America.
A trip to the distillery is quite a treat as you can view reproduction stills from the late 16th century all the way up to the late 18th century. Plans are being finalized now to start outdoor interpretations of colonial distilling using some of the stills on display at the distillery. While you are there, be sure to try one or several colonial drinks like the wicked maiden that is a favorite by just about everyone who tries it. Also try a stone fence and be sure to hear the story behind the drink which is a wonderful American Revolution story that is indeed well reputed. The distillery is located at 7218 Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg. It is a bit difficult to find as the distillery is located in a building in the back part and the front of the building houses a church.
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