August 20, 2017

We have all heard of Tennessee and Kentucky whiskey, but what about Alabama whiskey? 

For over 100 years whiskey sprang from illegal stills in the woods of Alabama.  But in 2015, John Emerald Distilling Company of Opelika, Alabama distilled a distinctive whiskey that ca...

June 29, 2017

It’s not Scotch and it’s not Bourbon.  So what is it?  Well, the Federal Government says it is a “Malt Whisky” and defines it as follows: “Whisky produced at not exceeding 80% alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent malted barley...

March 2, 2017

In January of 2003 Jimmy Sharp called his father John from New York City where he was living and working for a decorative finishing company as a Venetian plaster artisan.  He informed John that Louis Vuitton officials had asked Jimmy to give them, what they called a gh...

November 22, 2016

John Emerald Distilling Company in Opelika, Alabama would like to announce their Spurgeon's Barrel Aged Rum has won a Silver Medal in the New York International Spirits Competition.  "We are especially proud of our Silver Medal since the competition judges over 500 spi...

November 22, 2016

Our Spurgeon's Barrel Aged Rum is about to embark on an adventure in travel.  For months this spirit has only been available in our tasting room in downtown Opelika, Alabama, in one very good bar in Montgomery, Alabama (LeRoy) and a private package store in Auburn, Ala...

November 29, 2015

Hugh Wesley Sharp - The Namesake of Hugh Wesley's Gin

Hugh Wesley was born into the grain business.  His father John Wesley had a major grain milling business in Northern Missouri.  Hugh was quite the sporty dresser and as a teenager always wore a suit coat even if it w...

November 26, 2015

John Emerald Sharp was born in 1928 to Hugh and Elizabeth Sharp.  John’s family was what one might call merchant class.  They worked hard and were successful at their endeavors.  John definitely picked up a successful work ethic from his family. 

 

 John a...

November 22, 2015

 

 

John Emerald Distillery in Opelika, Alabama has released the first legal whiskey distilled in Alabama since Prohibition.  In 1915 Lem Motlow, the father of Jack Daniels, was forced to leave Alabama when the state instituted prohibition 5 years before the federal gove...

November 22, 2015

Jimmy and I give lots of distillery tours at John Emerald and there seem to be several questions we get over and over, so we thought sharing and answering those questions might be a good introduction to John Emerald and this blog. So here we go:

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