Top 10 ‘single estate’ spirits

5th March, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

As consumer interest in the provenance and heritage of craft drinks brands increases, a niche new trend of terroir-focused single estate spirits has emerged.

From farm to bottle, this is our pick of the top 10 single estate spirits

From farm to bottle, this is our pick of the top 10 single estate spirits

In recent years, the traditional wine-based concept of terroir has seeped into the world of spirits with the rise of this phenomenon, as more producers create bottlings which offer a “taste of the land” on which they were created.

Similar to the wider craft sector, there is no official, unifying definition of single estate spirits, but it is understood that producers source the vast majority of ingredients, or at least the primary ingredient, for their product from one area of land.

The company in question owns this area of land and oversees the growth and harvesting of its produce – such sites are therefore often referred to as farm to bottle distilleries.

There are now a number of single estate vodka, rum and Cognac brands, however the trend is also now being adopted by Scotch and Tequila producers.

Click through the following pages to see our selection of the top 10 single estate spirits. If you think we have omitted an essential brand from this list, let us know by leaving a comment.

For a more in-depth look at the single estate spirits trend, see the February 2015 issue of The Spirits Business magazine.

5 Responses to “Top 10 ‘single estate’ spirits”

  1. john roberts says:

    umm Appleton Estate? surely should be in there.

    BTW – what is a funding infection? sounds like I virus I want to catch

  2. Frans says:

    Please note probably the best Cognac in the world: Cognac Frapin. Grande Champagne single estate cognac

  3. Cheri Reese says:

    We are a farm to bottle craft distillery located on a 100-year old working family farm in extreme northwestern Minnesota near the Canadian border.

    We grow AC Hazlet rye, which we use as the base spirit for our Solveig Gin, Gustaf Navy Strength Gin and Syvä Vodka. We are aging Roknar Rye Whiskey, which uses both the rye plus an organic corn variety grown on the farm. In addition to growing the grains, we do all production – milling, mashing, fermenting, aging and bottling, onsite at Far North Spirits.

  4. Josh Miller says:

    What an odd list. Completely agree with John about Appleton.

  5. Please look into elit by Stolichnaya. Best rated Vodka in the world by BTI!

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