Growing up in Kentucky, Kings County Distillery founder Colin Spoelman had his fair share of moonshine. Upon moving to New York City, he put his backwoods know-how to work, creating what would become Kings County, Brooklyn’s first distillery since Prohibition. Though the company now makes a range of products from bourbon to chocolate whiskey to rye, their unaged corn whiskey is still their pride and joy. It’s bright and crisp with a mellow corn sweetness and comes in at a smooth 80 proof.
If you’re a Dickel fan, you need to try the distillery’s white whisky, the spirit upon which all of the brand’s whiskies are based. Sweet and bready on the nose, the whisky is fairly smooth (thanks to some charcoal filtering) with a white pepper kick on the finish. Mix it with lemonade for an instant summertime refresher, or simply sip it over ice.