Best Craft Brandy Distillery (2022)


Brandy is making a comeback in popularity, thanks partly to renewed interest in classic cocktail recipes. The term "brandy" refers primarily to spirits distilled from wine, and more broadly to spirits distilled from fruits (also called eau de vie).

  • Spirits of French Lick

    Spirits of French Lick
    West Baden Springs, Indiana

    Indiana’s Spirits of French Lick distillery produces three different brandies, an apple brandy, Catawba grape juice brandy and an eau-de-vie infused with Marion blackberries.
    Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Leary Photography

  • Santa Fe Spirits

    Santa Fe Spirits
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Santa Fe Spirits takes apples from their own orchard and blends them with fruit of neighboring New Mexico orchards to produce this small-batch brandy, characterized by notes of apple peel, vanilla and cinnamon.
    Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Spirits

  • Tamworth Distilling

    Tamworth Distilling
    Tamworth, New Hampshire

    Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire uses local grain they mill themselves, pure water from a White Mountain aquifer, local herbs, botanicals, fruits, and vegetables in their 250-gallon copper still to make some of the most unique spirits on the East Coast. Their Corpse Flower Durian Brandy is named for the durian fruit (an ingredient) and the corpse flower, which walk a fine line between florid and putrid. Head distiller Steven Grasse says that his concoction’s unique floral taste is “purely divine when properly diluted.” You’ll have to try it and decide for yourself.
    Photo courtesy of Tamworth Distilling

  • 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits

    10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits
    Vail, Colorado

    The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company, named for the men of the 10th Mountain Division who were deployed to Italy’s Apennines Mountains to battle the German army in January of 1945, believes in giving back to those who serve. They support numerous organizations including Homes for Our Troops, Working Warriors Group, and Heroes and Horses. They are nominated, though, for their remarkable 95-proof small batch, handmade brandies. 10th Mountain Brandy is made from Pinot Noir grapes, aged 2 years in a single use American Oak bourbon barrel, and is light golden brown, lightly sweet with hints of preserved fruits, cream and maple.
    Photo courtesy of marvlc // Getty Images

  • Huber's Starlight Distillery

    Huber's Starlight Distillery
    Starlight, Indiana

    Located at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, Huber's Starlight Distillery uses estate-bottled wines to produce artisan European-style brandies and ports. Fresh blueberry juice is distilled into a wonderful blueberry liqueur that gets aged in red wine barrels for five to ten years, while a small-batch peach brandy is distilled from home-grown peaches.
    Photo courtesy of Huber's Starlight Distillery

  • Korbel

    Guerneville, California

    Korbel has been producing California brandy since 1889. This award-winning spirit is made from California grapes, distilled in small batches and aged in fire-charred oak barrels to produce a golden brandy with a rich butterscotch nose and a smooth finish.
    Photo courtesy of Korbel

  • Driftless Glen Distillery

    Driftless Glen Distillery
    Baraboo, Wisconsin

    The 5 Year Reserve Brandy from Driftless Glen Distillery in Wisconsin starts in France, where grapes are barreled and aged onsite for five years in French oak. The spirit is then brought to Wisconsin, where it’s cask-finished in bourbon barrels to add depth of flavor and color.
    Photo courtesy of Driftless Glen Distillery

  • Mastrogiannis Distillery

    Mastrogiannis Distillery
    Lakewood, Washington

    Mastrogiannis Distillery in Washington offers its Baton Brandy as its first and permanent in-line signature brandy. Utilizing 100% crushed and fermented Washington Riesling grapes, the brandy is pot-distilled and aged in red wine barrels for at least two years. The additional red fruit flavors from the barrels make the Baton Brandy ready to craft great brandy cocktails or easy to drink on its own.
    Photo courtesy of Mastrogiannis Distillery

  • Germain-Robin

    Ukiah, California

    The flagship Germain-Robin brandy is made from California-grown Colombard grapes, distilled in Pruhlo Charentais Pot Stills and aged in Limousine oak barrels. The XO expression highlights the flavor of California-grown Pinot Noir grapes.
    Photo courtesy of Marina Komrakova // Getty Images

  • King's Family Distillery

    King's Family Distillery
    Sevierville, Tennessee

    2022 Double Gold Winner limited edition King’s Apple Brandy is aged at least six years in used bourbon barrels and has a bright apple finish, with a combination of sweet and sour. The winning combination is created by husband-and-wife team Justin and Cara King at King’s Family Distillery located in the Great Smokies Mountains in Sevierville, TN, just outside Pigeon Forge.
    Photo courtesy of Shaiith // Getty Images


The top 10 winners in the category Best Brandy Distillery are as follows: 

  1. Spirits of French Lick - West Baden Springs, Indiana
  2. Santa Fe Spirits - Santa Fe, New Mexico
  3. Tamworth Distilling - Tamworth, New Hampshire
  4. 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits - Vail, Colorado
  5. Huber's Starlight Distillery - Starlight, Indiana
  6. Korbel - Guerneville, California
  7. Driftless Glen Distillery - Baraboo, Wisconsin
  8. Mastrogiannis Distillery - Lakewood, Washington
  9. Germain-Robin - Ukiah, California
  10. King’s Family Distillery - Sevierville, Tennessee

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning distilleries!

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