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Dark Corner Brands Awarded Superior Recognition at Annual SIP Awards

Dark Corner Distillery is ecstatic to announce several new awards for its brands. Over 600 international brands of spirits and mixers competed in this year’s Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards competition. Brands competed for the coveted spot at the top of the consumer’s choice awards for their respective categories. The SIP Awards is the only international spirits competition that enlists customers as the judges. This year, over 100 consumer judges gathered to sample the brands in the competition and cast their votes. We are proud of the results and pleased to announce the accolades awarded to Dark Corner Distillery by the SIP Awards.

Jocassee Gin came in with a Bronze medal award in the “Gin” category. The World’s Best Moonshine achieved Platinum award status in the “Unaged Whiskey/Moonshine” category, and Whiskey Girl Apple & Maple came out on top with the Gold medal award in the category of “Flavored/Infused Whiskey/Moonshine.”

This is truly a testament to the hard work and commitment to excellence that Dark Corner Dstillery places on all its brands. We are excited to continue to enter our products into competitions like this and expect to hear more good feedback from consumers everywhere we take our brands.

Photo via SIP awards on Facebook.

Jōcassee Gin Awarded Silver Medal by Tastings.com International Review of Spirits

Dark Corner Distillery is pleased to announce Jōcassee Gin’s latest accolade, courtesy of The Tastings.com International Review of Spirits. For the last 24 years, The Tastings.com International Review of Spirits has been conducting America’s oldest annual international spirits competition. Following a blind tasting conducted by their panel of judges, Jocassee Gin received 86 points on a 100-point scale, yielding a Silver Medal.

We’re always eager to make sure that the craft spirits produced at our distillery please the palates of our loyal patrons. But, we smile a little bigger knowing that professional institutions like Tastings.com recognize the flavor we craft so that the spirit of lake life can travel to you as its own message in a bottle. Learn more about this delicious southern-style gin here.

Photo via Tastings.com on Facebook

Dark Corner Distillery Presents… Jōcassee Gin Barrel Rested


We are delighted to unveil the latest fruits of our labor: Dark Corner Distillery’s Jōcassee Gin Barrel Rested.

When we crafted the original Jōcassee Gin, we wanted to offer something genuinely special and unique. So we bottled up the spirit of South Carolina’s Lake Jōcassee to give you: Gin with a Southern Twist. A gin that embodies the pure bliss of living by the lake.

But lake life isn’t just a one-dimensional appreciation for water. It’s a way of being. It’s a night sharing laughs over a crackling fire. Holding hands on a hillside as you watch the sun set. It’s creating and savoring moments that will last a lifetime. Plain and simple, it’s more.

Jocassee Gin Barrel Rested Release - Dark Corner Distillery Greenville, SCAnd that’s what Jōcassee Gin Barrel Rested has to offer: more. We’re extending the Jōcassee Gin product line to add depth and definition to the lake spirit we know, love, and live for every day.

Jōcassee Gin Barrel Rested is in a class of its own. Don’t bother looking, you won’t find another gin as refreshing and crisp as this. Each sip will invoke images of honeysuckles and magnolia blossoms, swaying in the breeze just before you jump headfirst into the water.

We start the harvest in the spring and summer months and hand select the botanicals used in our recipe. After macerating all the ingredients in a very clean, and high proof alcohol we filter the botanicals from the spirit and load up our 350-gallon Scottish copper pot still for a final distillation.

After the Dark Corner Distillery special touch, we rest the spirit in new American charred white oak barrels and we animate the spirit by proofing it down to 42% alcohol with fresh, local water.

This spirit offers a smooth and complex flavor with subtle notes of juniper and warm spice, and it will change your life. Jōcassee is best enjoyed in the company of others in the warm shade or under twinkling stars. Most often savored neat, poured over an ice sphere or jazzed up in your favorite craft cocktail.

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Dark Corner Distillery’s New Retail Store and Tasting Room

Did you hear? We moved! Dark Corner Distillery’s new retail store and tasting room are now conveniently located at 14 South Main Street, just three blocks from our original location in Downtown Greenville, SC. We hosted our grand opening celebration in late July and have enjoyed serving hundreds of locals and tourists alike in the few months since!

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by, here’s a quick rundown of what you’re missing! Dark Corner Distillery offers retail buyers a quick 30 minute “Talk & Tasting,” which includes an informative overview of the history of our products, how they were created, and the different flavor profiles. You will also have the opportunity to sample six of Dark Corner’s finest spirits, and a shot glass will be gifted to all tasters. Dark Corner Distillery tasting room is also available for private, corporate, or large group events. For more information or to schedule your upcoming event, contact Roxy at roxy@darkcornerdistillery.com.

Dark Corner Distillery Retail Storefront“Now we have the opportunity to showcase our story from the heart of downtown Greenville and connect with 1000’s of more visitors each year. It’s what organic growth is all about,” says Dark Corner Distillery founder, Joe Fenten.

Dark Corner Distillery is a craft micro distillery that focuses on producing small batches of quality moonshine, aged whiskey, gin, absinthe and spirits all while educating visitors on their Appalachian history. Their traditional, long­standing methods help to create the rich full-bodied taste of all their award-winning spirits. The product line includes: The World’s Best Moonshine, Whiskey Girl, Lewis Redmond Whiskey, and Stumphouse Whiskey.

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Time to Meet Your New Obsession: Jōcassee Gin

Dark Corner Distillery has done it again. There’s a fresh face on their roster of quality spirits. Jōcassee Gin is a refreshing, handcrafted spirit with a distinctly southern personality. This classic, crisp gin is pot-distilled with juniper, honeysuckle, magnolia blossoms, and subtle hints of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Transform your standard gimlet, or trade in your tired gin and tonic for a Jōcassee + Tonic. It’s the perfect gin to bring to the lake, or to bring the lake to you!

Life at the lake is all about relaxing with friends and family, creating new memories that will last for years to come. Even if you can’t be lakeside, creating a signature drink is a simple way to make any occasion memorable. We recommend showcasing Jōcassee Gin’s southern flair with our vintage-inspired signature cocktail called the Bee’s Knees. During the Prohibition, when this recipe was created, the bee’s knees was common slang meaning the best — which is exactly what this cocktail is. With only three ingredients, it’s a breeze to whip up, even at your home away from home.

To create this classic drink, simply add 2 oz. Jōcassee Gin, ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice, and ¾ oz. honey simple syrup (1:1 honey to water) to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy your Bees Knees cocktail as a crisp afternoon refreshment or a sippable nightcap under the stars.

Get your own bottle of Jōcassee Gin at Dark Corner Distillery’s tasting room in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. It will also be distributed nationwide to select liquor stores, bars, and restaurants near you!

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Dark Corner Distillery Awarded 3 Silver Medals at the 2016 Denver International Spirits Competition

We are proud to announce that 3 of our beloved brands brought home silver medals from the 5th Annual Denver International Spirits Competition – Whiskey Girl Apple & Maple and Whiskey Girl Butterscotch in the Flavored Whiskey Category and The World’s Best Moonshine in the Corn Whiskey Moonshine Category! The Denver International Spirits Competition, which took place on March 12-13, 2016 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado, is the premier International Spirits competition in the Rockies!

This event was conducted by Wine Country Network, Inc., producers of the highly respected Denver International Wine Competition and The Denver International Beer Competition. The double blind spirits competition was based on a 100-point scale and judged by a prestigious panel of 20 respected American spirits authorities.

Thank you to all the professional judges, volunteers, and staff who worked so hard to put on this event, and congratulations to all of the other wonderful winning distilleries! We’re in great company.

Photo Credit: Christopher J Davies, Wine Country Network via Flickr

The World’s Best Moonshine Brings Home 1st Place in the 2016 International Whisky Competition

We’re very excited to announce that The World’s Best Moonshine won 1st Place in the Moonshine category at the 2016 International Whisky Competition! The International Whisky Competition is unlike other competitions. Since 2015, their tasting panels are presented with only one whiskey at a time. They do this to ensure each whiskey gets the utmost attention and to ensure in-depth notes are taken at every step. Only 3 medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze) are awarded per category.

Taste The World’s Best Moonshine for Yourself!

Next time you’re in Downtown Greenville, be sure to stop in Dark Corner Distillery to get a taste of this award winning moonshine!

Proud to Announce Partnership with The Greenville Drive

Dark Corner Distillery is excited to announce it partnership with The Greenville Drive for the 2016 baseball season. Through this partnership, Dark Corner Distillery’s Whiskey Girl products and The World’s Best Moonshine will be available for fans to enjoy at the 500 Club and Upper Deck during baseball games. Both bars will feature custom cocktails all season long that will change throughout the season.

Whiskey Girl in the Flour Field 500 Club

Another benefit of this partnership is the two events Dark Corner Distillery will host later in the season. Dates are still to be determined, but plenty of advance notice will be given to the public through Dark Corner Distillery and The Drive’s social media and newsletters.

Dark Corner Distillery looks forward to this fantastic local partnership and wish The Drive the best of luck this season.


The World’s Best Moonshine Scores an 85 in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that The World’s Best Moonshine received a score of 85 Very Good, Strong Recommendation in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016. They also provided these tasting notes: The nose on this moonshine opens up with a sweet summer corn aroma. On the palate, it’s mellow with a biscuity sweetness, hints of honey and butterscotch, and a spice kick on the finish.

Dark Corner Distillery Excited to Participate in 3rd Annual Pawmetto Derby

Dark Corner Distillery at the Greenville Humane Society's Third Annual Pawmetto Derby PartyWhiskey, puppies and a party. What more could a person ask for? Dark Corner Distillery is beyond excited to join the Greenville Humane Society for the third annual Pawmetto Derby Party on April 21st from 6:30-9:30pm at The Old Cigar Warehouse in Downtown Greenville.

From April 14th until April 20th we will donate $1 from every tasting toward our puppy, Whiskey. So stop in any enjoy some whiskey all while supporting a great cause. You can also join us in supporting the Greenville Humane Society by purchasing tickets &/or casting votes toward our puppy Whiskey on the Pawmetto Derby website.

Check out our segment with the Greenville Humane Society on Scene on Seven to learn more about the event:

The Greenville Humane Society is one of the largest no-kill shelters in the Southeast and also provides affordable medical services and preventative care for owned pets. They work with the community to create a place where all animals are treated kindly and with compassion.



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