Evanston, Illinois, might seem like an unlikely place to open a distillery. It was founded as a dry community, was home to Women's Christian Temperance Union and played an instrumental role in the birth of Prohibition. One of Evanston’s most famous (and infamous) residents, in fact, was Frances Elizabeth Willard, a founder and national president of the WCTU, who FEW Spirits is named after. (We love a good punny name!)
When Paul Hletko founded FEW, he named it after Willard as respectful-but-humorous homage, since he was instrumental in getting Evanston to allow distilling for the first time since Prohibition. His family were famed Czech brewers before being chased out of their country during World War I, so he quit his job as a patent lawyer to rekindle the tradition.
We’re totally in love with their hooch (which, thankfully, isn’t made in bathtubs these days). This Mini Bourbon Whiskey (200 ml) is a seriously impressive spirit, and cute-as-a-button to boot. Made with the holy trinity of bourbon grains – corn, malted barley and rye – the classic notes of rich caramel, black pepper and smooth wheat keep us coming back for more.
The bottle is almost as impressive as what's inside, so this makes a great gift for design-conscious bourbon drinkers and an eye-catching addition to your home bar cart. (Everyone has one of those, right?) The only thing perhaps even more impressive? The 700 ml bottle!
We might also point out how perfectly these would fit in, oh, say, that thing you hang from the fireplace…