Chapel Hill, N.C. — TOPO is the only distillery in the South handcrafting and bottling its spirits from scratch using local and organic ingredients. We had a chance to check out their operation in Chapel Hill earlier this year and it was quite impressive to see how their gin, vodka and whiskey is made.
We wanted to include them on our gift guide since there are a few ways to enjoy their products.
While you can purchase any of their products at your local ABC Store, we were especially intrigued with their Age Your Own Whiskey Kit. At $129, it isn't a cheap gift but one that keeps on giving. With the kit, you can make the equivalent of a four-year-old wheat whiskey in as little as three months. The kit comes with three bottles of unaged TOPO Wheat Whiskey. You can use the cask three times for whiskey and then it can be used to age rum, beer, tequila and any other beverage.
If you want to just learn more about TOPO, they also offer guided tours, which include tastings! Find out more on their website.