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Since opening in the summer of 2015, Litchfield Distillery has impressed spirits lovers with an assortment of products, particularly its various bourbons. The newest addition to this already strong lineup is the coffee bourbon. The unique whiskey is made with coffee from Windsor-based roaster Baronet Coffee. Made with cold-brewed arabica beans infused into during the proofing process, the result is a bourbon with a rich character. Instead of adding bitterness, the coffee actually mellows the bourbon out somewhat, providing an earthy finish and deep, smooth flavors.

Bourbon by definition and law must be made in America, be at least 51 percent corn based, aged in new charred oak containers and distilled to no more than 160 proof. It’s a distinctly American beverage, and is most often associated with places like Kentucky. However, Litchfield Distillery has put Connecticut bourbon on the map, and the distillery’s coffee variety is a distinctly Connecticut beverage. You can try it at the distillery in Litchfield, an impressive and visitor-friendly space, or find it at one of the many liquor stores that carry it across Connecticut.


Erik Ofgang is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University