In Western North Carolina there is no shortage of mystique surrounding the distillation of spirits. Most stories revolve around the illicit production and distribution of fiery corn whiskey by poor but proud mountaineers. Striving souls battling poverty and existence in a rugged land.
Less is known about the medicinal aspect of the “ancient art of the hills”. The Blue Ridge was not only a difficult terrain but also a therapeutic landscape. Appalachia’s many micro-habitats are home to some 2,500 plant species, of which some 1,100 have been reported to have medicinal properties.* Spirits often provided the perfect way of extracting the healing qualities of these plants.
Eda Rhyne Distillery is using the flavors of these regional medicinals to craft interpretations of traditional herbal liquors and other fine spirits. Our Appalachian Fernet, Forrest Floor Amaro, Pinnix Gin and Herbal Rye uses folk knowledge passed down for generations to capture a unique terroir that honors the land and the people of Southern Appalachia.