APPALACHIAN CORN WHISKEY
In 2015, 83 year old Carlos Lovell of Ivy Mountain Distillery in Mount Airy, Georgia stepped away from his still and entrusted Indianola distilling company with his remaining inventory of Appalachian whiskey. For generations the Lovell’s made whiskey in Appalachia using heirloom hickory cane, white dent corn, rye, malted barley, and the unique addition of malted corn. The relic of American regional spirits, although similar to bourbon, has a distinctive style all its own. In 2018, Indianola Distilling Company acquired ivy mountain distilleryand is carrying on the Lovell family tradition of keeping the Appalachian style of whiskey alive.
GEORGIA BELLE PEACH BRANDY
In 2012, 80 year old Carlos Lovell of Ivy Mountain Distillery in Mount Airy, Georgia distilled a one-time batch of brandy from Georgia Belle peaches. Indianola acquired and aged this batch in distinctive barrels made from air-dried northern white oak and the result is beyond imagination. Historians consider peach brandy (made similarly to French Calvados) to be America’s native spirit. Quick fruiting peach trees provided settelers colonizing the east coast a stiff drink in dire situations and was popular until the late 1800’s from Texas to New England. Savor the remains of Mr. Lovell’s singular experiment. When it’s gone, it’s the last of an important piece of American drinking history.