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A brand new distillery is officially setting up shop in the Smoky Mountains! We’re excited to report that D&S Distilling Co. is expected to open a tasting room in Sevierville, TN in November 2018. Serving hand-crafted cocktails, the eagerly anticipated bar will showcase the critically acclaimed spirits produced by the master distillers at D&S.
In the past year, D&S Distilling Co. has made a big splash in the world of craft spirits, winning nine medals in the Asia International Spirits Competition, the Global Spirit Awards in Las Vegas, and the San Diego Spirits Festival International Spirits Competition. Read on to learn everything we know about the D&S tasting room in the Smokies.
Everything is Organic and Gluten-Free
D&S Distilling Co. is the first distillery in the state of Tennessee to produce USDA-certified organic products. Marcus Delgado, the owner of the distillery, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that his team only uses organic corn, oat, and sugar, and water that comes from two on-site wells. Delgado likens distilling to cooking at home, “If you use the best ingredients you can get your hands on, you’re going to make a great product. We believed we could make a better spirit.”
In addition to ensuring that all of their ingredients are organic, D&S only sources its raw materials from gluten-free facilities. This news is undoubtedly welcome to vacationers who suffer from a gluten allergy or those who strictly adhere to a gluten-free diet!
For Marcus Delgado, distilling is in his blood. Before moving to North Carolina, where Delgado grew up, his family lived on a farm in Puerto Rico that produced sugar cane used for rum.
Spirits Available at D&S Distilling Co.
D&S Distilling Co. presently offers two types of rum, a vodka, and a moonshine. The distillers are also working on a whiskey and an aged rum. Here is a quick look at the D&S spirits:
- Delgado Original – a rum made from panela sugar, which is sugar cane juice that has been boiled, caramelized, and dried.
- Delgado White – a South American-style white rum made from sugar cane.
- Dam Vodka – a vodka made from 95 percent corn and 5 percent oat that has been distilled 22 times.
- Cane Hollow Moonshine – a new take on a Tennessee classic made from 50 percent corn and 50 percent sugar cane.
About the D&S Distilling Tasting Room
The D&S tasting room will be located at 1610 Jenkins Road in Sevierville. The bar and lounge will serve unique cocktails developed by bar manager Amanda Otis. In addition to their flagship spirits, the cocktails at the tasting room will feature house-made mixers, such as amaretto, triple sec, and flavored liqueurs. True to the make-it-yourself spirit of D&S, the tasting room boasts woodwork created by the distillery’s staff and a unique bar top that is lined with pennies.
To get a preview of the D&S tasting room, check out the video below from the Knoxville News Sentinel. In the clip, distillery owner Marcus Delgado shows reporter Courtney Roark how to make some fall-themed cocktails:
More Distilleries in the Smoky Mountains
Looking for even more great distilleries to visit during your next vacation? Check out the eight Smoky Mountain locations on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail!