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BOTTLING the Essence of Northern New Hampshire AT TAMWORTH DISTILLING

Jul 08, 2022 03:06PM ● By Rebecca Liebson

When founder Steven Grasse first set off on a journey to open a distillery in the tiny mountain town of Tamworth, NH, he was met with some skepticism. “As a small community where everyone knows everyone, Tamworth had its trepidations about its quiet town being overrun and industrialized by a business.” But in the seven years since Tamworth Distilling opened its doors, the business has gained BOTTLING the Essence of Northern New Hampshire AT TAMWORTH DISTILLING the trust of the community and won the hearts of spirit drinkers across the state, taking home the title of Best Distillery in New Hampshire five years in a row. 


 One of Steven’s goals was to build a brand that captured the essence of northern New Hampshire. The granite state is reflected in the design of the distillery itself as well as the spirits it produces. “Taking a cue from the 19th century Transcendentalists of New England, we pull our inspiration and ingredients from our environment,” Steven said. “We focus on locally grown ingredients, often handpicked from our own garden or foraged from the woods around the distillery.” That hasn’t stopped Tamworth Distilling from pushing boundaries and getting creative with its recipes. “Over the years, we have gotten bolder and more experimental,” Steven said. “More and more we’ve embraced a ‘test kitchen’ philosophy.


  The innovative “House of Tamworth” line includes some of the company’s most talked about spirits. Some standouts include the Eau de Musc – a bourbon infused with beaver castoreum and the Deerslayer Venison Whiskey, which consists of 3-year-old white wheat whiskey that is then distilled with slow-smoked red deer venison and seasonal ingredients like porcini mushrooms, cranberries, juniper berries, and green peppercorns. Another customer favorite is the Garden Series Gin. “We release these gins seasonally based on whatever botanicals our garden grows that season,” Steven said. “These off-beat small batches only yield a total of 50 bottles.” 

Tamworth Distilling currently produces 3000 cases of spirits a year, but new plans for expansion could change that. The company just purchased 105 acres of land to increase its production and meet growing demand. “Looking to the future, we’re looking to continue our growth while staying true to our core value of sustainable distilling,” Steven said.



 15 Cleveland Hill Rd

 Tamworth, NH 03886

 (603) 323-7196