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Twin Valley Distillers Keeps the Hits Coming By Rick Zambrano

Twin Valley Distillers continues to grow and innovate, bringing different flavors and techniques to its spirits and flavored liqueurs produced out of its hard-to-find distillery off East Gude Drive in an industrial section of Rockville, Md. Recent growth has been attributed to constant experimentation and a growing reputation in Maryland and D.C. Its most popular brands include the Bourbon Single Cask line, Maryland Whiskey Company Bourbon and the 1812 Maryland Bourbon Whiskey, says Edgardo Zuniga, the owner and master distiller at Twin Valley. On a visit to the tasting room and a tour of the facility, the Swizzle Chill team was impressed with the craftsmanship, product knowledge, as well as the variety of spirits produced here. Ranging from flavored rums to flavor whiskeys, there was a taste for everyone to enjoy. Jonathan Shair, the distillery’s apprentice, provided a very insightful and detailed tour of production. Here, 52 gallons of spirits can be produced in one day and production is operated seven days per week. The 1794 Maryland Four Grain Rye Whiskey has also been popular at Twin Valley, and is a 22 Swizzle Chill

top seller for Commercial Accounts Manager David Galinsky. Twin Valley balances the complexity in producing the spirit and its popularity or demand. Shair says that the Rye Whiskey is one of of the most complex to produce. Although rye is a sourced within Maryland, it is also a more premium spirit due to ingredient costs. Twin Valley markets many of its products through tastings at the Rockville facility and throughout the region. Additionally, at liquor stores, consumers have a chance to taste and compare the locally-produced bourbon to top name brands that are not made in the DMV. “Nine times out of 10, we have them try it,” says Galinsky. “When they taste mine (Twin Valley), they go with mine. First of all, because I’m a great salesman. Second, they want to be supportive of local products.” Farmers markets, tours and special events have also been a great source of business. “One customer at a time” is a mantra that is ingrained within the culture of the distillery. The informative tasting tours at the Twin Valley Distillery, headed by Ebony Garcia, the Events Planner, have also paid off. Local You’ll find us at the intersection of food, drink, restaurants, real estate and luxury

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