KGB Spirits is a New Mexico based craft distiller creating small batches of bourbon, rye whiskey, gin, vodka, Absinthe and orange liqueur, with plans to add a rum in the next year. Our Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaria is located on the property of the historic ranch of the same name in Alcalde, NM, in the straw bale building that was once home to the Los Luceros Winery – the second straw bale built winery in the United States. We have an 2800 square foot distillery and a 2000 square foot warehouse/office in Santa Fe. KBG Spirits was founded by John Bernasconi, Karen Lubliner and George Schurman in 2009 with a five gallon still when John decided to distill some less-than-fresh Mendoza Malbec into vodka. We now have two stills, a sixteen-plate copper column still and an alembic still with a gooseneck and a botanical chamber, both custom built by Arnold Holstein of Bavaria, Germany, and the capability to bottle 50,000 bottles per year. Our products first hit the shelves in October of 2011, with our TAOS LIGHTNING single barrel straight, Vodka VIRACOCHA and HACIENDA Gin. A small company, KGB Spirits currently has 4 employees. Following the philosophy that what creates a unique spirit is the ability to extract flavor from various ingredients, KGB Spirits hired Steven Jarrett, a classically trained chef, as its Master Distiller. Steve‚Äôs background in working with various flavor elements and creating recipes sets KGB Spirits apart, and encompasses our idea that good spirits are meant to be enjoyed as one would a good meal.
Turley Mill Single Barrel Cask Strength Western Rye Whiskey is made from 95% rye aged in new charred American Oak. The dry climate and high elevation in New Mexico create a unique aging process. TURLEY MILL is our only caskstrength offering. When we select barrels for our 4yr and 5yr TAOS LIGHTENING brands, we find barrels with characteristics that are to unique to fit the flavor profiles of our 4yr and 5yr whiskeys. These unque barrels can have nose, mouth and finishes that range from lemon to white pepper. TURLEY MILL has an ABV range of 115-128 proof. The age is calculated in months, and the batch sizes are under 200 bottles. Each barrel is hand selected and filtered. Each bottle is hand bottled, numbered and dated.