Starlight Distillery is located at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in Starlight, Indiana. Initially, their plan was to be a brand distillery with the idea forming in the mid-’90s. As the story goes, they were inspired by their ancestors who once distilled fine brandies in this area in the early 1800s. On December 7th, 2004, they released their first brandy. Starlight has since transitioned into whiskey, which is distilled in Huber’s 80-gallon copper pot still from Germany and then transferred to 53 gallon charred, American White Oak barrels. While their whiskeys tend to be on the younger side, don’t let the age fool you.
This is some of the best single barrel sub-5-year-old whiskey we’ve tasted. Their bourbon is hard to dislike, containing a large mix of spice, fruitiness, and earthy notes. You couldn’t ask for a better superstar combination of scents and flavors. That superstar theme carries over to the sticker for this bottle. Inspired by its standout features and its ability to jump out at you, we couldn’t help but recall Molly Shannon’s character Mary Katherine Gallagher from Saturday Night Live for the sticker concept. Enjoy. Tasting Notes:
- Nose: Smoky | Campfire | Baking spice | Toasted marshmallow | Stewed apples | Delightful & approachable
- Palate: Stewed apples | Baking spice | Summer fruit | Apricot | Caramel | Nicely developed
- Finish: Dry | Nutty | Walnuts | Baked apples | Light leather | Lingering oak note