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The Story of General John Stark

In 1728, John Stark was born to Irish immigrants in Londonderry, New Hampshire. After being taken hostage by a tribe of Native Americans at the age of 24 and serving as a second lieutenant during the French and Indian War at the age of 29, Stark took command of a regiment of New Hampshire Minutemen and joined the Continental Army in 1775. At the Battle of Bunker Hill, Stark reinforced Col. William Prescott and destroyed a large contingent of British forces that tried to flank the revolutionaries.

Two years later, Stark commanded a force of 1,400 New Hampshire militiaman in Bennington, Vermont, against British General John Burgoyne’s regiment. Leading the charge against the British, Stark shouted, “We’ll beat them before night or Molly Stark’s a widow.” Stark’s overwhelming victory against Burgoyne became a turning point in the Revolutionary War, and Stark was honored as “The Hero of Bennington.”

Flag Hill Spirits’ General John Stark Vodka pays homage to Stark’s courage and audacity. Made in Lee, New Hampshire, the process begins when Graham Hamblett, the master distiller at Flag Hill Spirits, purchases thousands of gallons of pressed McIntosh, Cortland, Gala and Honey Crisp apples from Apple Hill Farm, located just 30 miles west of the distillery.

After fermenting the apples for nearly three days, the wash, which is comprised entirely of New Hampshire apples and uses no grain whatsoever, is triple distilled in a handmade, 150-gallon Christian Carl alembic pot still. Following distillation, each bottle is filled and labelled by hand. The result is a smooth vodka with a natural, non-syrupy sweetness.

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