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Marlin & Barrel Distillery
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Established to bring a high standard to crafting spirits, we invite you to get to know us and how our products are made by hand with all local, high quality ingredients. Come by and see how our spirits will make your cocktails the talk of the night. Discover your spirit here!
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Lady we had for tasting was very friendly. Would recommend to anyone. Love the new whiskey and amber rum.

Thank jjdgolf
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Interesting and fun hour at the distillery. A nice break from the touristy areas. We learned a lot of interesting facts about spirits and they create some nice alcohol. Pepper vodka in Bloody Mary......delicious.

Thank 2016Russell
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

While planning our island and beach adventure I came across the web site for the Marlin and Barrel Distillery and after reading about them and their products I knew this had to be one of our stops while in Fernandina. The distillery offers tours (limited hours), tastings and retail.

A few years ago I saw a cooking or travel channel program filmed along the Amalfi coast. The program had a segment on Limoncello - the beverage and how to make it. That looked easy enough but I discovered the process is time consuming - but, oh so worth the effort. After that initial production I wondered how the recipe would turn out if using oranges instead of lemons.

I wonder no longer. The Marlin and Barrel produces Blossom Orangecello, hand zested all Florida orange liqueur; and that is some smooth drinking. The M and B tones down the sugar a bit so it isn't as sweet as the limoncello I made. Also, M and B doesn't produce limoncello at this time, but they do have a dandy cello made from grapefruit.

While at the distillery the effervescent Shannon gave us tastes of their vodka made from molasses (who knew?), rum, whiskey and cellos.

We brought home two bottles of the Blossom Orangecello and the Smoked Pepper Vodka - all hand signed on the bottles by the owner, Roger.

That pepper vodka makes the best Bloody Mary. We've tried it like a sangrita: a shot glass of the vodka with a Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix chaser.

Cheers, y'all!

1  Thank Jon R
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

What a great, "old school, hand craft" distillery in the heart of downtown historic district of Fernandina Beach. Great tasting room serving samples of hand zested Orangecello and Grapefruitcello. A roasted Bird Pepper infused Vodka. An infused vanilla bean and espresso rum. A botanical gin. A white rum, a barrel aged rum. And finally a whiskey! AND...we got to tour the pot stills and watch them zest oranges and learn how to make rum! Highly recommend this place. Bring a camera. And right next door (same building) is the Maritime Museum with plenty of exhibits for even the kiddies. The lady serving samples was knowledgeable and very friendly. The owner Roger came in and told us about starting the distillery and what to do locally. He gladly signed our bottles for us before leaving to pick up fresh oranges from Florida growers.

1  Thank KeyLargoDon
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

We visited Marlin & Barrel last Saturday as they were celebrating their business and a new whiskey. The staff was so friendly and we enjoyed hearing about their growth. We had not been to a distillery before and it was so interesting. Their building (share with Marine Museum) was just off Center Street near all the shops. We will definitely go again.

Thank Frederica S
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