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Issue 129 - Defiant

Whisky Magazine Issue 129
July 2015


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One of America's unique single malt whiskies

To hell with barrels, and to hell with the norm, unbounded by barrels or convention – we're rethinking whisky. Taking the best of Scottish tradition and combining it with American ingenuity, we've started a whisky revolution and we're doing it the Defiant way.” Tim Ferris, founder of Blue Ridge Distilling Co.

Defiant – The Oxford English Dictionary, 1. Showing a disposition to defy. 2. Feeling distrust.

Strongly believing in the adage ‘question all authority', I prefer The American Dictionary's definition; De-fi-ant – 1. Marked by bold resistance to authority or an opposing force... Which igniting my curiosity over an upstart American whisky, so confrontationally named.

To discover if Defiant lived up to its braggart name, I nosed my Miata MX5 defiantly tagged UPYRKILT through North Carolina's curvy back roads in search of Blue Ridge Distillery, dream child of a swashbuckling deep sea diver named Tim Ferris, founder, too, of Defiant Marine Inc., a US based international salvage diving company.

The foothills en route remind me of Scotland's Trossachs, except these hills are forest covered, and the valleys host the odd rural farm, yet without electricity, still using hand-pumps to draw water. Such are found at Washburn's General Store and Community, dating back to 1831, located in Bostic (population 386). Pumps are displayed alongside local preserves, iron horseshoes, corrugated wash boards and bib front blue denim coveralls, to fit small fry kids to tent size ...

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