Thanks to Groupon we took an afternoon and ventured over to Blackwater Distilling, home of Sloop Betty Vodka and Picaroon Rum. This distillery was started by two brothers and is located just across the Bay Bridge in Maryland. The Groupon included a tour and a bottle of Sloop Betty Vodka. We really went for the vodka although the tour was interesting. On the plus side, these tours really allow you to see the passion of the distiller.

First, we tasted the Sloop Betty Vodka. It was good according to Kelley as I’m not keen on vodka. It was somewhat smooth. Then we tried the seasonal Honey Vodka which was very good. Yep, it’s honey in vodka and it was smooth. The honey is organic along with most of their ingredients. I asked if we could get the Honey Vodka instead of the regular one since they were the same price but that was a no go.

Then on to the rum! We really like rum and the Picaroon did not disappoint. We tried the white and dark, ultimately purchasing the dark. It had tropical undertones and was really good. They make it with sugar cane instead of molasses and other ingredients that many rum companies use.


Since our purchase, we have polished off the bottle of rum and most of the vodka. We are planning to get more and so should you! I say planning because you either get it from the distillery or a liquor store near the shore. 😦