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Located at Huber’s Orchard, Winery, & Vineyards in the small, unincorporated town of Starlight in southern Indiana, Starlight Distillery calls upon a foundation of family history to craft fine American spirits. Seven generations of Hubers have sustainably operated the now 850-acre family-owned estate established in 1843 by German immigrant, Simon Huber—a farmer and winemaker—and have been producing exceptional agricultural products for over 179 years.
Named for the town, farmers, and community of Starlight, Indiana, Starlight Distillery was established in 2001 by Greg and Ted Huber to distill spirits as their ancestors did in the 1800s. Their first commercial brandy was released in 2004 and since then, this family affair has grown leaps and bounds, crafting award-winning brandy, rye, bourbon, and more.
As one of the few American whiskey producers utilizing sweet mash fermentation rather than sour mash, the Hubers are dedicated to overseeing every step of production, from the growing of raw material to the meticulous, labor-intensive method of fermentation. While production takes place every day of the week, the distillery operates in a truly small-batch fashion with brandies distilled in an 80-liter Christian Carl copper pot still and grains distilled in a 500-liter Vendome brass and copper pot still. Distillation is performed by several Master Distillers, including Ted and his two sons, Christian and Blake, with each distiller utilizing their own mash bills, fermentation methods, and distillation techniques to create spirits which are then aged and meticulously blended by the entire team to create a consistent house style.
Maturation takes place in the distillery’s seven aging warehouses on the Knobstone Escarpment, a limestone bluff 900 feet above sea level overlooking the Ohio River Valley. Just 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, the climate lends comparable maturation conditions, while the elevation and proximity to the river results in rapid temperature and barometric pressure fluctuations ideal for barrel aging.
Starlight spirits are divided into four portfolios: Carl T. Huber (bourbon), Old Rickhouse (rye), and the Finishing Cask (Signature Series and Limited Releases).
The double-oaked Rye whiskey is a blend of mash bills including an 80% rye, 20% malted barley mash bill and a 90% rye, 10% malted barley mash bill. The rye is primarily estate-grown, malted barley sourced locally from Glick farms, 2 hours north of Starlight.
Aged 5 years in new American oak; finished in new, toasted Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage barrels and 5-year air dried, heavy toast Canton Cooperage barrels for 3–8 months
Brand Tasting Notes: Cherry, fennel, dill, and peppermint on a nose underscored with clove and limestone; a vibrant, piquant palate balances zesty grapefruit and orange peel with cinnamon, charred oak, and apricot jam; finishes dry with notes of ginger, pink peppercorn, and vanilla.
Holly’s Tasting Notes: Cherries, cocoa, and Andes Candies mints. the palate has a softer, citrusy spice. With a fresh sweetness.
- Bottle Size750
- StyleRye Whiskey
- Country of OriginUSA
- Cask StrengthYes
- Cask TypeToasted