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Prison-based distillery releases Bourbon

Southern Grace Distilleries – the ‘first’ distillery housed in a US prison – has extended its spirits range with the launch of a new expression, called Conviction Small Batch Bourbon.

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon is bottled at cask strength

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon has a mash bill of 88% corn and 12% malted barley.

The expression is bottled at a cask strength of 100 proof. It is described as being “remarkably smooth and complex” with a “sweet finish”.

“The hard time ageing in oak barrels behind bars here at whiskey prison has created a cask strength Bourbon that’s subtly sweet and smooth,” said Southern Grace Distilleries CEO Leanne Powell.

The company makes a charitable contribution for every bottle sold to the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture organisation in the southeast.

“Without corn you can’t have Bourbon. When you enjoy Bourbon, thank a farmer. I’m so glad we can help support the efforts of the Carolina Farm Stewardship and their project at the Lomax Incubator Farm which is right down the road from our distillery,” said Powell.

Southern Grace Distilleries, known as Whiskey Prison, was founded in 2014 and is located in a former North Carolina state prison in Cabarrus County, NC, located about 25 minutes northeast of Charlotte.

Conviction is now available in North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, DC, and available online via


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