First, in 2006, the company introduced the world to Bluecoat Gin, an award-winning floral spirit made from certified-organic botanicals and distinguished by its smooth finish. Its signature blue-glass bottle has become a fixture on the bar scene and is widely used by savvy bartenders.
The 8,000 square-foot, Northeast Philadelphia-based distillery has since followed up that early success with Penn 1681 Rye Vodka, a spirit made with organic local rye, and Vieux Carre Absinthe Supérieure, the first absinthe to be legally distilled, bottled and sold in the East Coast of the United States in 100 years. An emphasis on local ingredients has resulted in high-quality, affordable products which are available online, at PA state stores and at discerning liquor stores around the country.
Penn 1681 Rye vodka is made by Pennsylvania Distilling and meant--by virtue of the year in which King Charles II granted William Penn the land to create the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"--to pay homage to the founding of the state of Pennsylvania. It is made with organic rye selected from local farms. In Penn 1681 Rye Vodka the column still removes rough and undesirable alcohols, resulting in a smooth spirit. This vodka is carefully guided all the way from local Pennsylvania rye grains through the artisan distilling process and into bottles made locally from partially recycled glass. I though it was incredibly smooth at only slightly below room temperature. Cold or on the rocks, I can't imagine how lovely this vodka would be. Very elegant and light!
I wasn't able to taste the final product, but I thought I would pass along their tasting notes: