Whiskey Business: New Hampshire Distillery Making Whiskey That Tastes Like Thanksgiving Dinner

Photo: Tamworth Distilling 

Fall is the season for flavored whiskey. There are maple bourbons, pumpkin pie whiskeys, and even chocolate caramel bourbons. If you enjoy your whiskey with a little added sweetness, autumn is your season. Fill your glass, drop in an ice cube, and enjoy the flavors of the season in whiskey form. That is if you’re into that sort of thing. But, while we agree that there are a ton of fall-flavored whiskeys that encompass some of the season’s flavors, there aren’t any who manage to embrace them all. That is, until now.

That’s because the folks at New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling just dropped a whiskey created to taste like a classic New England Thanksgiving dinner. It’s called “Bird of Courage” and, on the surface, this limited-edition whiskey with a mash bill of 81% corn, 12% rye, and 7% malt doesn’t seem that strange.

But this five-year-old whiskey couldn’t be more unique to the season because of the other ingredients.

The goal was to create a whiskey the encompassed all of the flavors from the first thanksgiving over 400 years ago. They used flint corn, local chestnuts, apples, cranberries, kabocha squash, parsley, and even locally grown sage to really give it that fresh stuffing flavor.

If that’s not enough, they also used sweet potatoes and actual stuffing which were added to the mash. But wait, that’s not all. They also used locally sourced roasted turkeys to bring everything together. Heck, you can’t call it “Bird of Courage” without the actual bird.

If we’ve got your attention and you decided this whiskey would be the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving feast, you can purchase a bottle of this 92 proof whiskey for $65 at the distillery in New Hampshire or at Seelbachs.com.


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