It’s taken over a century, but the Big Apple finally has itself another whiskey distillery.
This past Saturday, the Great Jones Distilling Co. opened its doors to the public in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood. It’s the borough’s first since Prohibition, a time when visiting a distillery was a much different (and illegal) proposition. But the building is more than just a place where whiskey is made, it’s a carefully curated experience for spirits enthusiasts.
The journey begins when you step foot into the opulent Jazz Age-style atrium near the corner of Great Jones Street. Across the building’s 28,000 square feet and four stories, you’ll find an in-operation distillery, a restaurant, four distinct bars and a gift shop. You can take a tour of the distillery and follow it up with a guided tasting of the brand’s three spirits—a well-balanced straight bourbon, a complex four-grain bourbon and a peppery rye—while sitting at its elegant second-floor bar. Then, to close things off, you can buy a bottle of your favorite or all three (only the straight bourbon is available for purchase outside the distillery) on your way out the door.
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