Ardent Scotch whisky followers and serial constructing restorers Camille and Christopher Bently have created their very own wondrous whisky world in Minden, Nevada the place their Bently Heritage Estate Distillery combines the duo’s two passions. Visitors to this Eden, had been rye, wheat, oats, corn, and barley are sustainably grown and harvested on the Bently Ranch for his or her line-up of high-quality vodkas, gins, and whisky, are offered the chance to partake not solely in the big variety of spirits crafted right here but in addition within the historical past surrounding the distinguished property. Immersive excursions reveal each the complexity and deliciousness of the distillation course of in addition to the intricacy of constructing restoration. The mix proves intoxication, in additional methods than one.
“Our love for Scotch whisky was on the forefront of our endeavor,” mentioned Christopher. We had lengthy wished an American single malt whisky to be on par with Scotch whisky in each custom and high quality. Moreover, we love the craft of gin and liqueurs and wished to be part of that artistic course of. Lastly, we’re passionate concerning the preservation of historic buildings, and we had the chance to revive essentially the most important grain mill within the state of Nevada into one thing extraordinary.”
Situated a 30-minute drive from South Lake Tahoe and 45 minutes from Reno, Bently Heritage Property Distillery contains useful historic buildings greater than a century previous, lovingly restored by the Bentlys in accordance with pointers offered by the Nevada Historic Preservation Workplace and the Nationwide Parks Service. Each the historic “Mill” and “Creamery” buildings are LEED (Management in Power and Environmental Design) Gold licensed and are listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations. A go to to the distillery provides an exquisite alternative to be taught extra concerning the energy-efficient and sustainable distilling processes that Bently Heritage employs.
However let’s be sincere. The chance to sip on handcrafted cocktails whereas having fun with stunning scenic views is what most captivates. This can be a vacation spot distillery, value a trek and worthy of an in a single day keep. (Think about close by Edgewood at Tahoe as your property base.) Native lodging permits for full enjoyment of the distillery’s Craft Cocktail Expertise the place friends can calm down within the historic Mill constructing within the succesful fingers of Bently Heritage mixologists, every of whom is WSET licensed degree 2 in spirits. The cocktail expertise options creations that may solely be discovered on the distillery, together with weekly rotating specialty drinks paired with seasonal artisanal cheeses and charcuterie.
The Distillery Tour Expertise provides an in-depth peek into the processes concerned at an property distillery. Visitors can find out how Bently Heritage got here to be and the way the crew operates its sustainable spirit manufacturing. Witness the distillery in motion on the stills, the bottling line, the barreling room, and many others. The tour additionally contains a peek at vehicles restored by the “Creation Station,” an in-house store that lovingly restores classic vehicles and concludes with a sampling of premium Bently Heritage spirits with a singular view of the only malt whisky manufacturing space.
“Bently Heritage – the power, the distilling, and the ultimate product – superbly combines sustainability, elevated hospitality, and luxe spirits,” mentioned Camille. “It’s a successful mixture and friends are invited to witness all of it.”
Separate reservations are required for excursions and cocktail experiences
One Hour $20/pp Excursions: Thursdays 1-6 pm, Fridays & Saturdays 3-8 pm, Sundays 1-6 pm
Craft Cocktail Reservation Hours: Thursdays 1-6 pm, Fridays & Saturdays 3-8 pm, Sundays 1-6 pm
1601 Water Avenue, Minden, NV 89423
Discover a tour preview right here: virtual tour
* Images courtesy of Bently Heritage Property Distillery