Starlight Distillery is located at Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in Starlight, Indiana. Initially, they planned 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, 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.
Outside their excellent straight bourbons, the distillery was one of the first to experiment with finishing barrels and continues to innovate in that space today. They use various finishing barrels, each adding a unique characteristic to the liquid inside.
This barrel is our 4th selection from the distillery, which speaks volumes about the quality of whiskey they output. We visited the distillery along with a handful of our members (want to experience barrel picking for yourself? join our Discord whiskey community) in the spring of 2022 to specifically select a honey-finished straight bourbon barrel. We chose a barrel that housed a blend of 3grain/4grain bourbon secondary aged in a used Starlight Honey barrel from the blooming Fall blossom. The barrel was secondary aged for roughly six months. Initially, the barrel began life as a Jack Daniels barrel. Then went to Barbados to age rum for 13 years. Then on to Indiana to age honey before finally finishing a five-year-old Starlight bourbon.
The barrel was bottled at 110.6 Proof, making for a great neat sipper. You could sip it by itself or use it as an aperitif after a hearty meal.
We decided to continue our popular Bob Ross theme for the "tater" sticker. Everyone who saw our previous Bob Ross designs got a kick out, and we hope to continue the trend.
For each bottle sold, $5 will be donated to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the floods and the severe weather system