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Palm Ridge whiskies are available online for out of state shipping.  Not available in all states.  PLEASE GO TO LINK BELOW TO PURCHASE OUT OF STATE.  CHEERS!







Articles & video about "Palm Ridge Reserve"



Link to article by E-man Booze http://www.mainstdistilleries.com/florida-farms-distillers/

Link to article by Luca Centoni:  http://travelscoremagazine.blogspot.com/2015/01/floridas-palm-ridge-distillery-makes.html?spref=fb

Link to article by Todd Caviness http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/bars-and-clubs/the-wingman/os-florida-farm-distillers-awards-20150224-post.html

Link to article by Nino Marchetti http://thewhiskeywash.com/2015/02/09/florida-distillery-creates-one-of-that-states-first-craft-rye-whiskies/

Link to article by Stephen Brown in: Palm Beach Illustrated

Link to article by Martin Comas in:  The Orlando Sentinel

Link to article by Joseph Hayes: Orlando Magazine

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Link to article by Mary Ann DeSantis:  Ocala Stlyle Magazine

St Pete Times article by Laura Reiley :  Read Article

Link to article by Tony Marzano: Pulse Magazine Spring 2011 pages 34 & 35

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"Fall  2017"


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Some exciting news for Palm Ridge...here's a little backstory. Hardy Kolmus & Daniel Kurti, the owners of "Your-Whisky Shop & Events" in Saulheim, Germany came to see us at a Costo in April 2013.  They were very interested and bought several bottles.  We thought that was that.  Turns out Hardy has a vacation home on the west coast and visits Florida from time to time.  Over the years he and friends have visited the distillery and they have purchased bottles to take back to Germany.  Your Whisky Shop & Events is one of the top 100 whisky stores in Germany.  They were letting their customers sample Palm Ridge and building a fan base.  Early on they inquired about different ways that we might be able to ship to them but that was impossible without a German importer/distributor.  Earlier this year we got an email from them informing us they had obtained their own import license and placed an order.  We never suspected that what we thought was a one time meeting would develop into a long distance business relationship and friendship...life is strange.  Many thanks to Hardy & Daniel for their support and persistence!  We wish them all the best!!


Fall is here and we have resumed our "open houses" again. Will post dates on the "Events" section of our website for open house dates.  We will also post it on our FB page. If you have any questions, feel free to call us.


Our Palm Ridge Rye recently received a gold medal from "The Best Fifty Rye" competition in NYC


We've been getting calls and emails from people trying to locate Palm Ridge whiskies.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Sorry, again for any inconvenience and please contact us @ 352-455-7232 for help in finding a location near you that carries Palm Ridge.


Want to thank everyone for visiting the distillery this year  and helping to spread the word about our award winning, locally produced Florida whiskies! Just the two of us here at the distillery, making whiskey and bottling.  No other employees...distillery dogs & cat not much help, but they do like to supervise. Again, it was great meeting everyone and we enjoyed showing you the process.  Your support is much appreciated!


We were pleased to be included in Jim Murray's 2015 Whiskey Bible.  We scored a 94.5 (on his score chart: 94-97.5 "Superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live"  Proud of our whiskey!


Here's the review from Jim Murray.



 Palm Ridge Reserve Handmade Micro Batch Florida Whiskey orange and oak wood. Less than 1 year Old, Batch 29 (94.5)n23 big rye signature to the nose: fruity, light and easy on the corn oils.  Some hints of marzipan, trimmed apple and very old marmalade: aggressive tannin; t24  I doubt I will experience a more gentle landing on the palate for any US whiskey this year. Just enough  oil to absorb the impact of the small grains and again, the ryes run riot ensuring a juicy, spicy theme throughout.  A little Parma Violet candy represents an earthiness which balances the complex, non-specific fruit doing the rounds; f23.5 no great age to this guy (and I wrote that before I spotted the admitted maturation!), but the way the ulmo, manuka and orange-blossom honeys combine, depth is maintained; b24 I can see why everyone heads to Florida in the winter: obviously to try and grab one of the meager 6,000 bottles of this on offer each year.  This is beautifully crafted, truly adorable whiskey where fruit appears to constantly have its hand on the tiller. And rather than blast in like a Hurricane from the sea, it breezes gently around the glass and palate with an easy elegance.  I have relatives in Florida: about time I gave them another visit...45% (90 proof)



The Florida Legislature passed a law in 2017 allowing craft distilleries to now sell 6  bottles per person per year on site.  We will resume our "Open Houses" 2 to 3 times a month in the fall. Check our "Events" section for dates and time.  Hope you'll come and see the process.  We always distill on "open house" day...you can watch fresh whiskey coming off the still. We also post the upcoming dates on our Facebook page & on twitter.


Our award winning Palm Ridge Reserve is a very smooth whiskey with a more intense flavor profile similar to a single malt bottled at 90 Proof.  Our Reserve starts out with strong caramel & vanilla notes then transforms to a long spicy finish making it complex yet well balanced.  The absence of chill-filtering provides extra presence and mouth feel.   Palm Ridge Virgin, our unaged whiskey is now available throughout Florida.  Palm Ridge Virgin is a whiskey created with respect for the great whiskey making traditions of the Old South.  This is our award winning Palm Ridge Reserve before transition that comes from charred barrel aging.  Here is all the taste of the grain, just as it comes off the still, with an exceptional smoothness unexpected in fresh whiskey.  It is gently touched by oak and bottled at 100 Proof. 

 Our award winning  Palm Ridge Rye captures the reason for the return to popularity of old fashioned rye whiskey.  This is the essence of rye grain, very smooth with all the wonderful spiciness and deep finish you expect from a great rye whiskey. Distilled in micro batches, the slow old fashioned way, in a copper 60 gallon reflux column still. This 100 proof rye whiskey is handmade, distilled & bottled here on the farm in Umatilla,FL.



As usual we want to thank all our fans, retailers, restaurants, resorts & local bars that continue to support Florida whiskies ...it is much appreciated!!! Hope to see you this Fall at the distillery!


Please keep telling your friends & family about Florida whiskies.  If your favorite retailer or restaurant doesn't carry PRR, tell them we'll be happy to put them in touch with a rep from RNDC in their area.


 If you have any questions about Palm Ridge Reserve don't hesitate  to contact us at  whiskey@palmridgereserve.com. 352-455-7232.  We always enjoy hearing from everyone.   Please "Like" us on facebook Palm Ridge Reserve,  follow us on twitter @handmadewhiskey and Instagram #palmridge.


 Cheers, Dick & Marti








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