Ann Marshall & Scott Blackwell, High Wire Distilling
PHOTO: PETER FRANK EDWARDS
When it comes to creativity, some people have it in spades. Such is the case for Ann Marshall and Scott Blackwell, the power couple behind High Wire Distilling in Charleston, SC. Formerly of Immaculate Baking Company (yes, those chocolate chip cookies you see in the refrigerated section of your grocery store), their latest venture is small-batch spirits. As someone who really nerds out on the chemistry side of distilling, I'm fascinated how they are taking heirloom products and transforming them into some of the best spirits in the south.
Their Hat Trick Gin is really one of the best gins I've ever sampled, and so the first time I tried it, I became a fan. Through the years, I've gotten to know this couple and also become of fan of them as people. They're creative, fun, unpretentious, and they can throw a damn good party.