03.04.19

Mississippi Made: Wonderbird Spirits

Sonia Thompson

Driving to the Wonderbird Spirits distillery in Taylor, Miss.

North Mississippi’s first gin distillery, Wonderbird Spirits, located in Taylor and just five miles from Splinter Creek, will soon be open to the public. The brainchild of friends and co-owners Chand Harlow, Rob Forster, and Thomas Alexander, Wonderbird will be the state's first grain-to-glass distillery.

The distillery's front porch overlooks quiet, rolling pastures.

Botanicals used to create unique flavor profiles line the walls.

Keeping as many aspects of the business local is a key part of the Wonderbird philosophy. Rice from Two Brooks farm in the Mississippi Delta town of Sumner will be used as the principal fermentation substrate. The makers are also experimenting with ingredients native to the area, and even foraged from the Wonderbird property, including wood sorrel, elderflower, kudzu and goldenrod to flavor the gin.

The Wonderbird Spirits tasting room. Photo by Erin Austen Abbott.

The Wonderbird distillery and tasting room is open to the public. The property and facilities will also be available for special events. Visit the Wonderbird website to request more information or to schedule a visit.

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