How Filmland Spirits Uses B-Movies to Add Whimsy to American Whiskey

You won’t find a distiller on the company bios. That’s because it’s sourced, according to the back of the bottle, from Indiana (not all great bourbons come from Kentucky). That’s not the American whiskey sin that it once was. Cherished brands like High West, Smooth Ambler, Redemption, Widow Jane, and Barrell Craft Spirits all use whiskey from the mega Indiana distiller MGP either in part or in whole. That’s only a small handful–The Bourbon Exchange has a much longer list.

Transparency helped turn sourced whiskey from a dirty word to something better understood as people started to appreciate that there were some high quality ryes and bourbons to be had in the sourced market that are slightly differentiated through the art of barrel selection and blending. Filmland Spirits, however, does not explicitly disclose its whiskey source–in an email, I was told that sourcing is done through distilleries making “some of the finest whiskey from across the country” that are aged, blended, finished, and bottled in Kentucky.

One testament to the fact that good sources mean good whiskey? All of Filmland’s lineup has won Gold or higher in spirits competitions.

Getting noticed is hard for American whiskey brands these days. Shelf space is limited, and the options feel endless. I tend to agree in most cases with Killpack’s storyboard statement: does the world really need another bourbon brand? Filmland’s labels and interactive story concepts, however, certainly stand out from the crowd. That goes for the niche of B-movie lovers and the regular public alike–these bottles are some of the first that guests gravitate toward and ask questions about even sitting on my home bar alongside more storied names and high-priced, after-market bottles.

At the end of the day, flavor is really what matters, and Filmland’s bold concepts are equally matched by the liquid itself, making them a worthy addition to any whiskey fan’s lineup. The type of movies Filmland draws inspiration from may have a bad to the point of being enjoyable quality, but Filmland’s spirits are simply enjoyable.


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