Lyon Distilling Company of St. Michaels, Maryland
, opened its full production distillery with a launch that included three varieties of rum; white, seasonal and barrel aged.
Ben Lyon and Jaime Windon, distillery founders, said they wanted “to revive Maryland’s illustrious distilling history with handcrafted spirits.” In addition to making Maryland’s only known rum, the duo said their distillery will also be releasing a series of whiskies and liqueurs in the coming months.
“Many distillers bat around the terms ‘craft’, ‘local’, and ‘handmade’ without any actual meaning. For a small distillery, it’s all about quality and integrity, so everything in the bottle we make here, starting with the raw ingredients. To be the only distillery in the state producing spirits in this way is exciting, especially for people who have never seen the process,” said Ben Lyon, co-founder and distiller at Lyon Distilling Company.
“Made with a combination of cane sugar and molasses, and distilled with traditional style pot stills, the base spirit has a complexity and body which simply don’t exist in commercially available products,” said Co-founder Jaime Windon. “Our rum has already opened eyes about what small batch distilling is all about – from the first sip, there is simply no comparison to what most of our visitors are used to.”