Joe Cunha’s grandfather was 14 years old when they set up a distillery during prohibition. As best as anyone can remember, he was in charge of the stills while Joe’s great grandfather farmed the lands that he owned. Since no records were kept back then, it's hard to tell where the spirits ended up. All Mr. Cunha, the distillery’s owner, knows is that he didn’t drink it all by himself! Twin Stills Moonshine Distillery’s whiskey is an old Portuguese tradition of single small batch distillation combined with legendary Long Island, New York corn. Aged to perfection...or not all. They're proud to serve these wonderful spirits, made with products grown in New York, and to share their family’s traditional small batch of whiskies and flavor-infused Moonshines.
Growing up, Joe Cunha made many trips back to Portugal with his parents, usually in the winter months when the stills were going full throttle. He remembers that once they started distilling, the stills and the wood boiler would work for several months without stopping. The primary spirit was ‘Grappa’ and there was plenty of it! However, along with brandy there were always different infusions of spirits that he would put together. As he got older, those infusions kind of disappeared along with his brandy. When Joe’s grandfather passed away in 2006, there were only a few gallons left from the tens of thousand of gallons he produced. Today the remaining drops are worth more than gold to the Cunha family. Mr. Cunha has two bottles and his father about five gallons, with his brothers and sister having a gallon each.
So how did Twin Stills get started? It was during a recent trip to Portugal with his family visiting his uncle’s house when he offered Mr. Cunha a cherry infused spirit that he made with his grandfather’s ‘Grappa.’ Needless to say, it was their delicious defining moment. With next to nothing left of his grandfathers stash, Joe turned to his father and told him they needed to recreate his legacy and his father agreed. Knowing full well that he cannot mimic the grape pomace here in the USA, Joe set out to get as close as possible, but at the same time, to create an infusion like the one he had experienced in Portugal. It was a spirit like he had never tasted before. A spirit that would appeal to the mainstream of people who wanted a smooth drinkable shot that wouldn't send their palates to another zip code. Success was at their fingertips in the form of Apple Pie and Strawberry Moonshine. They are proud to serve this wonderful spirit made with products grown in New York, but most of all to share their family's history with you. Please enjoy, tell your friends, and drink responsibly.