The Boston Harbor Distillery is a Distillery located of the beaten path in Boston. You’ll question whether you’ve gone the wrong way, but just as doubt starts to set in you see it, a beautiful brick building with an amazing view of the Harbor. Once there, you will wonder why you had not visited sooner and, there is a slight chance you may not want to leave, trust me I know from experience.
Once inside you will be blow away by the woodwork, their cocktail list, their friendliness and best of all, their range. In a short amount of time the distillery has managed to create a great list of spirits, suitable for all palates. Their offerings includes Putnam Rye, Putnam New England Whiskey, Lawley’s New England Spirit (a white and dark version), Seymour’s Coffee Liqueur; Seymour’s Cream Liqueur and their Spirit of Boston range which includes three spirits.
The Spirit of Boston is color-coded and unique to the rest of their offerings because these spirits are all distilled from Samuel Adams beer. Their blue bottle is made from Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout. Red bottle (slightly orange color) is considered their Christmas spirit and it’s made from Sam Adams Merry Maker. Finally their green bottle and the one I found to be the lightest is made from Sam Adams New World Tripel.
I enjoyed all their spirits but there were three that stood out to us, Putnam Rye, Seymour’s Cream Liqueur and their green bottle from their Spirit of Boston range. Let me talk about the Cream Liqueur. My goodness, if I could have that cream liqueur in my morning coffee everyday I would. It is delicious and I truly understand how it’s their number 1 seller. You’ll never drink Baileys again once you’ve tried the Seymour’s Cream Liqueur.
Their spirit made from Sam Adams New World Tripel is also darn tasty. I enjoyed it because it was the lightest in the bunch. It was very smooth and creamy.
Their Putnam Rye is aged for less than a year in American Oak.
Nose: oak, rye and spices
Taste: slight sweetness hits the tongue first. It’s creamy and followed by notes of rye and spices
Finish: Nice burn with ending notes of rye and oak
It really is a great rye; we would not have purchased a bottle if we didn’t like it. Honestly, it’s a lot better than many other expensive rye’s. I would go as far to say that it rivals WhistlePig.
I would highly recommend trying their rye, but I would also highly recommend visiting the distillery. You walk in and you are instantly welcomed. Everyone is helpful and full of knowledge. This friendliness doesn’t just stop with the day-to-day staff; it goes all the way up to the owner/founder, Rhonda Kallman. Kallman, who is one of the original co-founders of the Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams, founded the distillery, because whisky believe it or not is her first love.
While on our visit, Kallman (pictured on your right above) was on the floor welcoming everyone. She was even giving tours to the groups that came after we did. When we spoke to her, her enthusiasm and passion just beamed out of her. All this passion and love shows in the products she has created.
I see many more amazing products coming from this distillery that just continues to grow. Kallman is currently working on a Cask Strength Whiskey and that should be out soon and possibly sometime next year.
If you have not visited please do, the experience and the spirits are amazing. I recommend trying their Nor’easter cocktail, it’s delicious and gets better with every sip. Something to enjoy before you take tour.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.