Golden Moon Distillery – Maison De La Vie, Ltd. was founded by Stephen Gould and Karen Knight in early 2008 specifically to produce premium hand-crafted herbal liquors and liqueurs using the best available herbs, spices and botanicals, and made with the same type of artisan production processes utilized by distillers making premium products in the mid-to-late 1800s. The heart of Golden Moon Distillery is Mr. Gould’s world-class research library containing hundreds of rare books on distillation and related products and processes, some dating back to the 1500s. Most of the collection dates from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, though there are a few titles that are much older, or newer. Maison De La Vie currently has four antique stills at our pilot plant in Golden. Our stills date from the early to mid-1900’s. Maison De La Vie uses environmentally friendly packaging and business practices as much as possible. We source as many materials as we can from local producers (reducing shipping and the related carbon footprint), and are working with local wineries to utilize some of their cast-off materials in our production and packaging processes. Our solid waste from our distilling processes is used as compost and feed by local farmers and gardeners. We produce Gin, Absinthe, Grappa, Apple Jack and Specialty Liquors / Liqueurs including our Creme de Violette and Amer dit Picon.
Golden Moon Distillery Kummel Liqueur is the first spirit developed by Robbie Cunningham, one of Golden Moon’s assistant distillers. Robbie discovered Kummel while working at the venerated St. Andrews Golf Club, Scotland, where many believe the game of golf originated. In Scotland, Kummel is known as the ”Putting Mixture” and it is a favorite spirit of the members of some of the oldest and most famous golf clubs in the country. It is rumored that more Kummel is consumed in the club houses of St. Andrews, Prestwick and Muirfield golf clubs than any other place in the world.