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  • Split Rock Distilling
  • 207.563.2669
  • 16 Osprey Pt Newcastle, ME 04553

About us

We named Split Rock Distillery for a dirt road we travel often—the shortcut between our two homes. It’s the only shortcut we’ve ever taken to bring you Maine’s first organic spirits. When we founded Split Rock, we promised ourselves we would handcraft our spirits the right way. That meant the long way: authentic, small batch grain to glass, selling no spirit not our own. We spent evenings and weekends building a distillery and tasting room by hand in an old barn on historic Route One. We sourced organic grains and fruits from the fields of farmers we count as friends. We demanded organic sugars and drew waters so pure locals still harvest winter ice. We refined our fermentations again and again to showcase the unique signatures of our still. And through it all, we gathered knowledge, inspiration, a helping hand and an honest opinion from other distillers, family and friends, and every stranger fairly met. There is a real split rock on Split Rock Road and we still drive past it almost every day—a rough plug of granite, cracked open long ago by time or skill (or a little of both) to reveal an unexpected smoothness within. That is the spirit of Split Rock. —MATT AND TOPHER

Split Rock Distilling Organic Barrel Gin

Split Rock Distilling Organic Barrel Gin

Posted by Topher Mallory on Oct 25th 2017

Split Rock Original Gin vs. Barrel Rested Gin

Hand and Bottle of SRD BArrel Rested GinOn October 6th, commemorating one year since our Grand Opening we released our first batch of Organic Barrel Rested Gin! With a 100% corn mash bill and at 90 proof bottle strength this Gin shares many similarities with our original Gin including our hand selected organic botanicals, what differentiates it is a healthy rest in our used Split Rock Oak Bourbon Barrels (accompanying photo of unlabeled bottles has our original Gin over our Barrel Gin waiting to be labeled, the color differences are as notable as the additional taste).  Trace notes from our Bourbon, a complimentary hint of sweetness and a seasonally appropriate autumnal hue make this a fitting Gin for fall in Maine! 

Batch 1 was aged in 5 gallon barrels and kept as a 'single batch' from start to finish (Organic Grain Lot from one farms Single Harvest, Complete Mash, Ferment, Distillation, Barrel Rest, Filtration, Bottling).  Being our first batch of Barrel aged Gin, we kept the entire batch directly behind our still all summer, and sampled it on a regular basis (see photo below, the orange barrel denotes the first fill).

Bottles are currently available in our tasting room at the distillery in Newcastle, Maine or area Maine retailers.