New Bourbon Aged in a Former Prison Gets Sprung for Release

The whiskey world is full of gimmicks designed to pull your attention towards different bottlings. One common gimmick is the physical location in which it is aged which, in some cases, may or may not actually make a difference to the final quality of the in-bottle product. It is in this vein we are drawn to Southern Grace Distilleries, housed in a former North Carolina prison, and its new Conviction Small Batch Bourbon.

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon, according to those behind it, is an actual in-house distilled whiskey that’s not sourced, but rather distilled at the so-called Whiskey Prison and then barrel aged in full 53-gallon sized barrels stored, quite literally, behind bars. Though the age of the bourbon was not immediately made mention of, a recent review which appeared of it suggested less than one year old.

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon

Where some of the Southern Grace whiskey is housed (image via Southern Grace Distilleries)

Information from Southern Grace indicates their bourbon has a mash bill that’s 88% corn and 12% malted barley. It is bottled at cask strength, with each handwritten label indicating the proof, the barrel numbers that went in to the blend, bottle number and date bottled. The whiskey recently won a Gold Medal at the MicroLiquor Spirit Awards.

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon

“The hard time aging in oak barrels behind bars here at Whiskey Prison has created a cask strength bourbon that’s subtly sweet and smooth,” said Southern Grace Distilleries CEO Leanne Powell in a prepared statement.

About the author

Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.

  • JP Alleghany

    Nino, is there a place I can find a list of craft distillers in US? Are they organized that way yet?