Jefferson abolished the Whiskey Tax to assist small growers and enterprise. This was the only time in US history that there was no hard liquor tax. Lincoln reintroduced the liquor tax during his presidency as a “Sin Tax.” Lincoln’s tax included liquor, pianos, playing cards, feathers, yachts and cigarettes. Interestingly enough, Lincoln’s Sin Tax was the demise of the 1st and only other legal distillery, prior to Harmony Spirits, in Fillmore County, MN. This short-lived distillery, located in Historic Forestville, MN, and was known for their production of rye whiskey.
America’s next whiskey controversy was “The Noble Experiment”, otherwise known as Prohibition. The growing movement of Temperance helped to bring about the prohibition of alcohol consumption. Thankfully, this experiment was a failure! More than 30,000 speakeasies popped up throughout the country and have been inspiring “hipster” culture for nearly 80 year since. Prohibition was also the advent of bootlegging and high violence courtesy of organized crime. The mafia made huge profits from selling and distributing illegal liquor.
Today liquor distribution in the US is regulated by a three-tier system. The 3 tiers are importers or producers; distributors; and retailers. Basically, producers can sell their products only to wholesale distributors who then sell to retailers. Only retailers may sell to consumers. Harmony Spirits distributes in Minnesota through Johnson Brothers/Phillips.
Harmony Spirits Whiskey is aged in used bourbon barrels and bottled at 80 proof. Made with 80% corn, and 20% oats both grown in Fillmore County, Minnesota. This is an aromatic and smooth whiskey, with notes of sweet brown sugar and hints of vanilla that give way to rich toasted oak and dark peppery spice, best savored neat or with a few cubes of ice. Going forward we will be altering our Whiskey recipe to 52% corn and 48% oats. We have trialed the higher oat content and know that it will give our whiskey a more mellow and unique flavor with more notes of vanilla and creamy finish. Pick up a bottle of Harmony Spirits Whiskey in our tasting room or at your local liquor store, Pour some Harmony in your glass and enjoy! Cheers!