Snezhi’s family recipes were perfected over years in Bulgaria and the art of hand-crafting spirits as traditionally passed down from one generation to another. In Troyan, a small Bulgarian town, located in the center of Balkan Range Mountain, every summer for a certain period the entire population sets all other business aside to make Slivovitz, the famous plum brandy. Women and children are harvesting the plums while men are busy mashing and distilling it.
John came to Montana from Germany where his family was involved in developing various clear grain spirits, typically called “Korn”, the German word for ‘grain’.
Now we’re continuing these traditional values by using the products harvested here. Some choices were natural, others not so much. Our neighbor grows some of the finest wheat, which led us to develop Winston Wheat Whiskey. A short ride up the highway provides us with beautiful rye and malted barley adding other varieties to our selection, such as Montana Mountain Moonshine, Rye and Wheat Whiskey. The ‘not so natural’ choice is our fine Montana White and Dark Rum. Yes, Rum! Rum made in Montana is rather uncommon as rum generally originates in some foreign country. Most distilleries almost certainly would have chosen an easier approach: move to where rum is traditionally produced en masse and set up shop there. But we love Montana and searched for a compromise. Of course, that means doing it the hard way – bringing in the best and highest-grade molasses to create a fine, smooth Montana Rum right here in the greatest state of the union. All our spirits are lovingly created in-house: we grind the grain; mash with pure Montana mountain water that is naturally filtered through our local limestone deposits; ferment in single-batches; and then use our copper pot still to extract the finished product. Since our focus is on flavor rather than super-efficiency we installed a traditional copper still, which was hand-made in Portugal following an age-old design that retains the full body and aroma.