Robin & Willie Blazer are the owners and founders of Willie’s Distillery, Inc. Robin grew up on a wheat farm near Toston, Montana, and Willie hails from Western North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachian moonshining country. Together, they searched for the perfect place to craft their spirits and settled on Ennis. They figured a more perfect place doesn’t exist. They wanted to live in a place most people only dream of – somewhere with pure, cold well water, a swiftly running fly-fishing stream, and surrounding majestic mountain ranges.
Willie’s Distillery uses a copper pot still made specially for them by Bavarian Holstein Stills from Germany. The founders knew they wanted to make whiskies and brandies, and a few specialty spirits, so they sought out one of the finest small batch stills in the world. The still is handcrafted out of copper, and hand-hammered to create more surface area to react with the spirit’s vapors. Since Willie’s Distillery specialize in whiskey which has a lot of flavor to it, copper was an important element to the design, as it reacts with unpleasant tasting compounds, allowing the better flavor to shine through.