Always on the hunt (and WAY behind in updating my guide!), today we look at a Distiller in North Carolina; Broadslab Distillery. I was followed in Twitter and just love it when we find new distillers that way. Let's look into their place and see what we can see.
I read that their history is generations deep in the Moonshine craft. After out recent rip to Georgia and the Carolinas we find that many of the coastal areas have a rich history as Rum Distillers as well. A bit of their Distilling legacy for you:
Broadslab & Moonshine History
Published by Broadslab Distillery
There are many speculations as to how the flat, pine-forested region of southeastern Johnston County, North Carolina, known as "Broadslab," got its name. Some say it was the flat terrain of the area southeast of Benson, supposedly formed by a glancing meteorite strike eons ago. Others argue it was because of a broad road leading toward the coast that was constructed from pine slabs laid on the soggy flat land to keep wagons from miring down. But, no one argues about how the area got its reputation as the "Moonshine Capital" of North Carolina.
Since before the days of prohibition the "Broadslab" region has been known for the quality and quantity of home-brewed whiskey. produced by local entrepreneurs who sought to maximize the yields from their farm crops by converting grain into a more "liquid" commodity - white whiskey.
The dawning of prohibition, and the federal regulations and controls that followed, made the independent production of whiskey an illegal activity. However, out of economic necessity and constant demand, the craft continued – in stealth, mostly under the cloak of darkness, in ever changing isolated backwoods locations. In fact, the product of these illegal stills became known as "Moonshine," due to the operators making their distilling runs on moonlit nights, to avoid use of lights which were easily detected by revenue officers. The pursuits of these entrepreneurs and those who have pursued them, have created a long-standing and very colorful history, and a reputation which has gained notoriety across the country. Few if any, who have followed the craft and the lore of American Moonshining have not shared or heard tales of the exploits, perseverance, and quality of product that built the Broadslab legacy. ....
I cut it down a bit - you can read the entire story here.
Let's look at the rum. First, they offer two:
History of Carolina Coast Spiced Rum
Published by Broadslab Distillery
Carolina Coast Spiced Rum, harkens back to the days of the Rumrunners who historically frequented the Carolina coastline from which this molasses-based product got its name.
Carolina Coast Spiced Rum is born of a rich family heritage. Our craft has been honed for over 150 years, through five generations of my family. Both sides of my family have been a part of the colorful moonshining legacy of Johnston County, North Carolina's Famous "Broadslab" region.
Now we have channeled the cumulative knowledge, experience, and expertise of these generations into the production of a premium quality spiced rum. Our Carolina Coast Spiced Rum pays tribute to another heritage, one that reaches back beyond our own, to the 18th century.
Back to the days when commerce moved on wind powered vessels, the rum trade frequented our Carolina coastline, and rum runners were frequently the victims of the pirates of the Carolinas, who prized rum as both a liquid commodity and a pleasurable escape.
Today we hope our Carolina Coast Spiced Rum will reflect your own special memories of pleasurable times on the Carolina Coast. Our Carolina Coast Spiced Rum is artisan crafted of the finest natural ingredients. We start with premium, table grade molasses and pure granulated cane sugar. Then our Carolina Coast is distilled in our custom crafted, solid copper, pot still, at our distillery in Johnston County, NC. The key to Carolina Coast's distinctively unique flavor, and rich amber color, is our secret recipe of all natural spices and flavorings; which are enhanced to perfection by aging in charred oak. You will find Carolina Coast to be the perfect spirit for your favorite rum drinks and delightful simply on the rocks. Carolina Coast is hand bottled in small batches, in 750 mL glass bottles, corked, and wax sealed. It is packaged 6 bottles per case.
We take pride in using American made packaging and materials.
For more information, please feel free to contact me.
Their other Rum sounds good as well...
Sippably sweet and pure. Flavorful enough to mix. Distilled from sugar and sugar molasses - nothing else. (Gluten Free*) View Recipes
*Our Moonshine, Whiskey and Rum products have been tested by an independent lab to contain less than 5ppm of gluten.
So -- Looks like I could spend a long, long time just trying to track down these great Rum Distillers. This sounds like a candidate for Road Trip!
Talk to you again -- soon..