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922 South Morton Street
Bloomington, IN, 47403
United States


Cardinal Spirits is a craft distillery in Bloomington, Indiana that specializes in producing extraordinary spirits from local ingredients.  

The Drop

The Drop is your source for all things craft. 


Erica Sagon

Drinking is, of course, a social thing, and sometimes you're happy to pop a bottle of whatever — even if it's not your absolute favorite — to please the crowd.

And other times, you really want to geek out about what you're drinking with people who are just as passionate as you are. 

Our Age Your Own Whiskey kits are for those geek-out moments, and they come with a built-in crowd of fellow DIYers. We're all going to do it together. Here's what we mean... 


First: what's in a kit? A bottle of our White Oak Whiskey (our unaged single malt barley whiskey), a toasted American oak stave and an instruction card. It's $25, and available through the holidays at the distillery (oh, hey there, perfect gift). You're in the driver's seat with this kit, and get to decide just how much color and flavor you want.

The idea is that everyone with a kit starts aging their bottle at the same time and uses social media to do this thing together.

Here's how it works:

  1. Drop the stave in the bottle on 12/26.
  2. Snap a photo each week and post it to social media with #whiskeymyway. Use the hashtag to see who else is aging, how it's going and how their whiskey tastes. And let's share tips: are you agitating? Keeping it warm? Adding an extra stave? (We sell extra staves for $2.50 a pop.)
  3. Each week, we'll post a summary of the bottles so we can see each other's progress. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and here on the blog.

It's all on the instruction card that comes with the kit.

We've seen great color and flavor right around five weeks, but the fun part is that you get to decide when your whiskey is ready. 

And that's how you age whiskey without filing for a federal distiller's permit. Hurray!

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