Three years ago, the Baker brothers looked around at our beautiful rolling hills and decided to bottle it. They call themselves the Batchers of Litchfield Distillery.
For three generations, David and Jack Baker’s family has been in the water-bottling business, namely the crisp, clear water called Crystal Rock. The brothers took this experience and launched Litchfield Distillery with a third brother Peter who is a silent partner. “Our commitment is to distill the finest spirits in small batches sourcing the best ingredients our local farmers have to offer. And the taste of that commitment can be found in every sip of our Batchers’ spirits.” It quickly became one of the state’s newest micro-distilleries.
Now 3 years old, the Litchfield Distillery batches exceptionally distilled spirits, handcrafted from the highest quality. Their Batchers’ series features 11 distinctive spirits. They primarily produce bourbon, gin, and vodka, but they also offer a Coffee Bourbon, a Vanilla Bourbon, a Cinnamon Bourban, and Blueberry and Apple Vodkas. Their grains and fruit are locally sourced here in Connecticut. The gin they produce has botanicals, juniper berry and citrus, and their vodka is distilled from luscious corn grown in Sharon. Their bourbon whiskey ages in Port wine barrels, white oak which affects the flavor profile. “Like jazz, bourbon is part of the American culture,” says Jack during one of his tasting tours.
Litchfield Distillery is a great destination for weekend tours. They are open most weekends for tours and tastings which have become quite popular. During the free tours, one of the owners will walk you through the process of batching fine spirits from farm to bottle. They show you the grains that they have sourced from local farmers and explain their state-of-the-art stills and equipment. Then they invite you to taste the spirits in their intimate tasting room.
Litchfield Distillery continues to grow and they are now available in over 750 locations across Connecticut, Rhode Island, Boston, and New York City.
If you are looking for the perfect locally-made gift for the holiday season, visit the shop at the distillery where you will find gift sets of their spirits and an assortment of Litchfield Distillery Batchers’ gear, such as t-shirts, flasks, glassware and more.