Ashlee Tuck loves travel and great Black-owned spirits. Those pursuits inspired her blog Will Drink For Travel, a website dedicated to “all things travel and mixology.”
Tuck created a comprehensive list of over 65 Black-owned spirits as a centralized resource for anyone who wanted to purchase their liquor from — or simply support — a Black-owned business.
That list has since grown to over 140 vendors. As she continues to add new destinations to the more than 30 countries she listed, Tuck searches out new spirits for her ever-expanding database.
As she plans for future adventures, Tuck shared with Travel Noire some of her favorite Black-owned spirits to try this summer.
Ten To One
It’s a good, solid, classy rum. Usually, when people think about rum, they think about Bacardi & that sweet sort of way we think rum should taste. But Ten To One is an actual classic rum.
HH Bespoke Spirits
They have vodka, gin & rum. I really like them & that there is a family behind the line. They started out with a clothing boutique & the spirits are like an extension of the brand.
It’s like a cognac mixed with wine. He actually launched during the pandemic, and it is such a good product. You can use it in a cocktail, or you can drink it on its own.
They have the world’s only coconut lime tequila, which I’m obsessed with. It’s delicious. They have the Coconut Lime Blanco, a Reposado, and a Blanco, and they are very delicious.
Exclave whiskey out of New Orleans is just an excellent rye. Andrew Albert also owns River Basin Distillery. He wants to put NO on the map, so Exclave is his ode to Black distillers.
Guidance Whiskey out of Nashville is also good. Owner Jason Ridgel has a few other smaller brands that he is trying to work with so that they are able to launch their spirits as well.
Tequila with Friends
Tequila with Friends out of Texas; I also like what they’re doing. I haven’t tasted it, but I think people should if they can. Texas is another big state with a lot of brands.
Highway Vodka is a vodka distilled not with cannabis, but the hemp seed. That’s super different & something that isn’t available on the market. They also have a distillery down in Texas.
Duke & Dame Salted Caramel Flavored Whiskey
This one was modeled after Werther’s Original candy, I think. I havent had it yet but I know I’ll love it because who wouldn’t like caramel-flavored whiskey?
Owner, Chanel Turner, also puts on the Black-Owned Wine and Spirits Festival in DC. She also has her own company where she distributes spirits in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas.
Find out more about Ashlee’s passion for Black-owned spirits at Will Drink For Travel.