The creation of their first bourbon came with a little trial and error, Couch said.
“Since this is our first venture into whiskeys, we didn’t randomly pick a mash bill. We experimented,” Couch said. “Our first release has two different mash bills. One is a wheated bourbon. The other is a rye.”
Couch said it takes about two weeks to make a 15-gallon barrel, which includes cooking, mashing the grains and the fermenting process. Everything is distilled twice. Then they wait.
“It sits in our barrel room in the back, in this case for a year and a month. And then it comes out, we bottle it all here and send it out for sale,” Couch said.
Couch said the distillery, located in Ludlow’s Renaissance District, draws a decent amount of traffic. Second Sight Spirits has even served as a tourist destination.
“We’re trying to spread the word of Ludlow,” Couch said.
The success of Second Sight has given life to other businesses in the area.
Catfish Williams, owner of Folk School Coffee Parlor, says there’s something in the air in Ludlow.
“Second Sight and every business that comes in down here, helps the other businesses out,” Williams said. “We’re a small town, so even a business of three employees can have a big impact on the rest of us.”
Williams said it’s the people that make the river city stand out.
“It’s surreal. It’s amazing to be a part of something that’s just kind of happening,” he said.