Meet the cocktail taking over New Hampshire: The Delightful Dunce! Odds are, they’re serving it up in a bar near you.

While finding a high-proof gem with complexity in a sea of 80-proof whiskeys used to be rare, it’s slowly become the norm. We wanted to reintroduce the world to an easy-drinking whiskey, one that can guiltlessly be made into a cocktail or kicked back as a shot alongside your favorite beer, and is still delightful (hence The Delightful Dunce)!

We went out of our way to create an easy-drinking whiskey, then went the extra mile with the tuning forks and conical energy, which you, as the drinker, may or may not believe in. But who’s to say it doesn’t add more to sourced whiskey than a fake story about someone’s uncle’s secret lost recipe?

Help support local and grab your cocktail at one of the bars below!

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Where to Buy

Center Harbor

Osteria Poggio


Shooter’s Restaurant & Tavern


The Beal House

Chang Thai Cafe


Local Eatery


Bald Peak Colony Club




Black Cap Grille

Flatbread Pizza Co.

Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Co.


The Last Chair Restaurant & Brewery


Flatbread Pizza Co.


The Last Chair


Public House on Page Hill


Bar Salida

The Witches Tavern


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The Common Man’s

Listen up, love birds! Tamworth Distilling is offering you the option to take the ultimate gamble on love with our Ten-Year Barrel Challenge!

We invite newlyweds to purchase a hand-picked barrel (equivalent to about 250 bottles!) of unaged scratch-made whiskey, which will come of age over ten years. Once it reaches maturation, couples can take home their custom barrel, which at this point will be worth approximately $52,000. We will store your bottle in our bonded warehouse for ten years, sending annual status reports and pictures for your records. When it comes time to bottle the liquid, the design team at Quaker City Mercantile— the same agency that designs for brands including Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, and Hudson Whiskey— will create a label and bottle personalized just for you.

So, what’s the catch? Well, couples who remain legally married at the ten-year mark have nothing to worry about. They can take home their custom barrel, now worth approximately $52,000, as a reward for sticking it out all ten years. But if the couple is no longer together, the barrel must then be forfeited back to Tamworth Distilling.

So, the question remains— do you feel lucky in love?

Must be 21+

Please email for inquiries.

To create Crab Trapper Whiskey, we teamed up with the University of New Hampshire to find a use for our state’s invasive green crab population, which wreaks havoc on our coastal ecosystem. This invasive species, previously kept in check by the winter freeze, has been recently thriving due to climate change.

We wanted to do our part in protecting our local shellfish by controlling the green crab population in the only way we know how— a deliciously weird spirit. Crab Trapper has a bourbon base steeped with a crab, corn and low-country boil blend mixture.

What Does Green Crab Whiskey Taste Like?

Crab Trapper is made with a bourbon base steeped with a custom crab, corn and spice blend mixture, best likened to a Low Country Boil. The crab is present lightly on the nose, accompanied by coriander and bay to smooth out any high notes. The body carries hints of the maple and vanilla oak notes lent from the full-bodied base. The spirit finishes with heavier notes of clove, cinnamon, and allspice, leaving a light, pleasant spice on the palate.

Where to Buy Crab Trapper Whiskey

Wondering where to buy Crab Trapper? You can order a bottle here.

As seen in Food & Wine’s 2023 Drinks Innovators of the Year

Read all about Crab Trapper Whiskey in NPRThrillistVinePairBusiness Insiderand Delish.

Unveiling the Historical Significance of the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897

Discover the intriguing story behind the Bottled In Bond act, a landmark legislation signed into effect by President Grover Cleveland in 1897, which left a lasting impact on his presidential legacy. As one of his final achievements before retiring, President Cleveland found solace and respite in his second home in Tamworth, New Hampshire. In fact, our distillery proudly stands on Cleveland Hill Road, right by the president’s cherished summer retreat.

To be labeled as Bottled-in-Bond spirit, a spirit must meet several criteria:

  1. Produced by one distiller at one distillery within a single distilling season.
  2. Distilled at a minimum of 100 proof (50% alcohol by volume).
  3. Aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years.
  4. Bottled at exactly 100 proof.

Bottled-in-bond Old Man of the Mountain Whiskey

The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 aimed to ensure the quality and authenticity of distilled spirits.

The purpose of the Bottled-in-Bond Act was to combat fraud in the spirits industry. By certifying the authenticity and quality of bottled spirits, it provided consumers with a guarantee of the product’s origin, distilling process, and aging period.

This act was important because it set a standard for the production and labeling of distilled spirits, promoting transparency and consumer trust. It also helped protect the reputation of legitimate distillers while curbing the sale of counterfeit or inferior spirits. The Bottled-in-Bond Act remains an important part of American whiskey history, representing a commitment to quality and integrity in the industry.

Check out our Bottled-in-Bond spirits here.

Exploring the Unusual: Our Beaver Sac Spirit

The development of spirit recipes involves a thorough review process by the TTB. Compliance with FDA certified ingredients is crucial for formula acceptance. However, the FDA’s generally recognized as safe list (GRAS) is relatively small, especially when venturing into the realm of spirits. Surprisingly, a few peculiar ingredients make it onto the list, including castoreum and carmine from the cochineal beetle.

Curiosity about these old-timey “natural flavorings” led to the discovery of castoreum’s potential as a spirit ingredient. The sac excretion of beavers reveals bright and fruitful qualities, along with rich leathery notes and a creamy vanilla aroma. These characteristics are reminiscent of those found in barrel-aged spirits, prompting a natural progression. To enhance the connection to oak barrel components (vanilla, caramel, spice), woodsy aromas like birch oil, wild ginger, and fir needles were added.

Ethically Sourcing Our Beaver Castoreum

In the search for castoreum, Tamworth Distilling found Anton, a beaver trapper and often gets called in by the state to remove beavers. Beavers are also extremely territorial, making their relocation extremely difficult. So Anton, like all good trappers, uses every part of the animal. The fur is sold, the meat is eaten, and the castor sacs are used as lures for future trapping bait. This source of New Hampshire beavers makes for a responsible market practice.

Tasting Notes

The most interesting part of this unusual spirit is how familiar it is. While the idea of beaver sac may conjure anticipation of odd flavors and sharp aromas, the reality is castoreum acts to fortify good whiskey flavors. The vanilla nose is underscored with the addition of spice from the birch oil and wild ginger. Wild ginger, or Canadian Snakeroot, has a woody spice much like common ginger, but offers floral (almost perfumey) qualities. These piquancy notes circle around to raspberry, which is also added to co-mingle with the castor sac’s natural fruitiness.

Rich and fuller bodied than expected from a 2-year bourbon, this whiskey has a bolstered mouthfeel from the ingredients. Dry, smoky spice with fleeting hints of fresh-cracked boughs and mint that open up to reveal rustic-sweet sensations of wet hay, vanilla, wood sugar, and saddle leather interspersed by waves of red fruit. This raspberry aroma fits nicely with the fruit notes of a sweet bourbon. Warmth and spice finish out the first sip, where oils act to lengthen the finish. The finish structure all coming from those deeper qualities of birch oil, oak, ginger, and leather.

Ingredients: aged bourbon, beaver castor, raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark (tar oil & regular oil), maple syrup

Spirit Type: Flavored Whiskey

Base: Straight bourbon whiskey

ABV: 44% abv (88 proof)

Bottle Size: 200ml

Available now at Tamworth Distilling!

What is Pommeau? Discover this unique French spirit from the regions of Normandy and Brittany.

How Pommeau is Made

Pommeau is a blend of Calvados and fresh cider aged in barrels. To start, fresh apple cider is fermented and distilled, then aged to be granted the nomenclature of Calvados, an apple brandy with Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status. Calvados can only be produced in Normandy, much like how Champagne must be distilled in a particular region from certain grapes.

Calvados becomes the alcoholic base and preservative for fresh cider to be aged in barrels. This golden liquid (a mixture of Calvados and Apple Cider) then mellows in a barrel and is touched with wood flavors. The alcohol generally stays around 16-18%. This saves the spirit from spoilage, but doesn’t overwhelm the sweet cider or blot out the fresh juice aromas.

What Does Pommeau Taste Like?

The result is similar to an aperitif, cordial, or after-dinner wine. Sip it neat, chilled, or even room temperature.

Pommeau: The New England Way

Experience the distinctive New England touch that sets our Pommeau apart. Using our spent bourbon barrel as the vessel, we combine locally grown and pressed apple cider from New Hampshire with the distillate of its ferment. This harmonious blend is then aged in 53-gallon oak barrels in our dedicated barrel house for over a year.

The result is a vinous-like spirit, boasting the aroma of an orchard’s harvest. On the nose, it offers a delightful balance of sweetness and warmth, complemented by the crisp tartness of the fruit. The taste is a combination of brandy notes, with a wine-like mouthfeel and nutty undertones from the barrel and its previous bourbon occupant. Vanilla and caramel flavors emerge on the mid-palate, while the brandy’s warmth alludes to the comforting taste of pie.

How to Enjoy Pommeau

With its lower proof, our Pommeau is a versatile and sessionable spirit that can be enjoyed neat or used to enhance classic cocktail recipes. Try it in a welterweight Jack Rose with lemon and grenadine, or a low-key Old Fashioned. Experience the New England magic of Pommeau!

Tamworth Garden Pommeau is available now at Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile.

We’re incredibly honored to have two nominations in the USA Today Reader’s Choice Awards! Vote for Tamworth Distilling in the Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery & Best Craft Brandy Distillery categories. Click below to vote — PLUS you can cast your vote for Tamworth once per day until voting ends on Monday, September 26th!


Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery


Best Craft Brandy Distillery


Water is an integral ingredient in many processes that go on to produce spirits. After all distilled alcohol is known in Latin as aqua vitae or “water of life”. Even the word “whiskey” is an anglicization of the Gaelic word uisce meaning “water”. Water is where all spirits begin.

August is National Water Quality Month, a time to focus on the importance of protecting our rivers, lakes, and oceans across the country, as well as the water we consume.

Happily, Tamworth Distilling sits between the White Mountains, its snow runoff, and the Lakes Region. This natural water is used to break down grains and nourish our yeast with food and minerals, who in turn give us alcohol and flavors that give us a sense of place. It also makes up 60% of a 80 proof finished spirit. We go to great lengths to further filter and purify our aquifer water.

The Vital Role of Water in Spirits Production

Water plays a crucial role in the biological processes of mashing and fermentation, serving as the medium for extracting carbohydrates and sugars from grains and facilitating yeast activity to produce ethanol and the diverse flavors found in spirits. During distillation, the mixture of grain, water, and alcohol (known as wash) is separated, with alcohol being distilled further while water remains behind. Through multiple distillations, the alcohol and water (referred to as low wines) are purified, with water content reduced to less than 5% (95% ethanol) for our vodka, gins, and infusions.

Moreover, water is essential for proofing, the process of bringing high-alcohol distillate to a bottling strength. At Tamworth Distilling, we consider proofing as an integral part of the process, using UV/Reverse Osmosis filtered White Mountain water to achieve the desired alcohol by volume (ABV). This meticulous step transforms a 95% alcohol distillate into a 40% ABV Vodka, with the remaining 60% comprising Reverse Osmosis mountain water.

Water also fulfills vital functions in cooling and heating our production equipment, including steam for the still and cooling jacketed tanks. Recognizing the value of Tamworth’s abundant fresh water, we are dedicated to its preservation. Despite the various water requirements in our distillery operations, we have implemented innovative measures to reclaim and minimize water usage. In fact, our entire distillery consumes less water than a typical 6-bedroom household.

Preserving water resources is not only integral to our craft, but also an expression of our commitment to sustainability.


Enter to win an all-inclusive reservation at our Tamworth Distilling Outdoor Ski Lounge for you and up to 5 friends! Enjoy spirit flights, lite bites, and White Mountain Lemonade swag bags for all. Up for the challenge? Here’s how to win.

  1. Take a photo of yourself with a can of White Mountain Lemonade enduring the most New Hampshire winter activity possible. Think chair lifts, ice fishing, bob houses, shoveling, and skiing — the list goes on! We heard a can made it up Tuckerman’s Ravine 😉

  2. Post your photo via Instagram and be sure to tag @Tamworth_Distilling and include #WhiteMountainLemonade & #HowNHAreYou!

We will announce 3 winners total on the following dates: 2/12, 2/26, & 3/19.

Good Luck & Live Free or Die!

For locations of “Where to buy” visit White Mountain Lemonade

Must be 21+ to participate.



All Father’s Day weekend long we will be toasting Dad with Whiskey Trivia, Prizes, Cocktail Packages, and Delicious Food & Flight Pairings.

Celebrate your Old Man with a bottle of Old Man of the Mountain Bourbon!

6/19 – 6/21

Retail Hours: Fri-Sun 12-5pm

Tasting Hours: Fri-Sun 1-4pm

15 Cleveland Hill Rd. Tamworth, N.H. 03886 603-323-7196



From now through Father’s Day weekend, with any purchase of a Tamworth Distilling Whiskey we will include the following for only $20:

Tamworth Distilling Branded Rocks Glass

Tamworth Distilling Branded Whiskey Disk

Father’s Day Card

This is the perfect gift to toast Dad! So, raise a glass to your Old Man and grab yours while supplies last.