American By Nino Marchetti / January 1, 2014 White dog is the base whiskey that turns up at most new American distilleries these days as more and more join the spirits bandwagon. While the true dollars will come from the aged product, getting something into the hands of waiting customers helps to keep the lights on until the darker liquid is ready to bottle. One of the latest to enter this realm is Pennsylvania-based Thistle Finch Distillery. Thistle Finch Distillery, according to a local newspaper, recently opened its tasting room to the public. As is often the case with distilleries popping up across the United States in various regions, it is said to be the first locally since Prohibition. With an estimated distilling capacity of 1,000 bottles a month, the first product on the shelves is White Caraway Rye. This double distilled from locally sourced grains white rye is said to be a traditional spirit “with a full, unique character, a dry earthy flavor, hints of spice and a skillful touch of caraway fruits.” It is bottled at 40 percent alcohol by volume. It looks as if the bottles will be available at the distillery for $32.