Right mix of informative and tasting!
Fantastic explanation, tour, tasting. Very impressed with the overall presentation.
The History and operation of the Distillery was very interesting. The draft beer was very good and I don't usually drink beer. The many different liquors we sampled were so smooth and clean tasting. I especially liked the Vodka. Excited to know their liquors are sold at ABC stores in NC and several other states too. The proprietor gave the tour and he had some really great stories to tell. The evening costs $20 for two people to attend (Groupon) and I would highly recommend going there to try it out. The Top of the Hill Restaurant is amazing too!
What a great Tour! The owner is knowledge, personable, and funny. The spirits are top notch! We plan to buy from Top of the Hill from now on. The prices are not much different from the mass produced alcohol you get at ABC and they taste much better and you know exactly how they are made and the ingredients used. Thanks!
I learned so much - and had so much fun!
I wasn't sure what to expect, but the tour was fantastic. Scott Maitland was knowledgeable and entertaining. He gave a fascinating talk on the history of the distillation process and explained the advantages of using organic ingredients. I was amazed at the differences between a well-known brand of vodka and the Topo Organic vodka. All the tastings were excellent and Scott explained how each type of spirit is made. I'm more of a wine gal, but Scott has converted me! Oh, and you must try the bitters they make. The Black Pepper variety is quite tasty. I would recommend this tour to anyone. You will learn about heads, hearts, and tails.
Very informative tour. I appreciate what TOPO are trying to do with local agriculture and organic farming :)
The tour was interesting, upbeat, and very informative. It was great to have the owner as the tour guide. The tastings were just the right amounts.
We live over an hour away, so came to Chapel Hill specifically for this tour. It was a birthday gift from my son (dinner at the TOPO restaurant was my mother's day gift =] ), and it was fantabulous! Not only was it very informative and fascinating, but the owner himself was our enthusiastic tour guide. Having us taste big brand spirits next to TOPO's own was invaluable because we would not have otherwise known the huge contrast. Some in the group actually liked certain spirits of the TOPO brand that they don't normally drink. The icing on the cake was that the beautiful copper kettles' brand name is also my husband's name - Carl - so of course we had to get pics of him with them. I would recommend this tour to anyone! Hope to do it again with our son in the future.
We learned about how TOPO was founded and some history of distillering. A great tour of the facility and lots of samples.
I loved everything about this. Scott was simultaneously entertaining and enlightening about the distillery and liquor business in general. Really enjoyed learning and the spirits were all good. Picked up a bottle of gin and the reserve whiskey.
It was fun to listen to Scott because he has a lot of passion for the industry. The tour would be fun to do with a group of friends.
Great experience. We learned a lot about the process of making such a quality product. The event was very interactive and extremely informative.
It was awesome to get a tour from the owner. I learned a lot. Thanks Scott! Ill be back for that glassware and a bottle for Kevin!
Scott was so knowledgeable. You could clearly see he has a passion for it.
I used this tour as a surprise birthday present for my partner and he ABSOLUTELY loved it (I loved it too)! It was super educational about stuff you never even think of and Scott (the tour leader) is, knowledgeable, very funny, and open to all sorts of questions. We are planning on coming back and bring his parents next time. I would truly recommend attending this tour!
Tour was fantastic. Very informative and educational. I have already recommended it to several people. Love that they are local, organic and make everything in house; also helps Scott is a fellow veteran. Will continue to support Topo, need to make a visit to his restaurant during dinner too. Back bar food was great as well as the cocktails and beer.
The owner (who guided the tour and provided tastings, etc.) was clearly very knowledgeable about his field and was very passionate about the work that was being done in the distillery, brewery, and restaurant. While the flavor might not be what everyone is used to (or might not be everyone's absolute favorite), there is certainly a noticeable quality to the products and a very impressive body of work this web of businesses puts out.
Scott took the time to really explain the distillery process as well as the products we would be sampling. Very engaging and generous in encouraging and answering questions! I really enjoyed the tasting portion of the tour, got to sample a variety from the TOPO line, all of the highest quality. I highly recommend this tour!
Scott was informative and entertaining. Enjoyed learning and tasting samples.
This tour was very informative and interesting.
The Top of the Hill distillery tour was amazing! We had a chance to sample all of Topo's great spirits, and Scott told us so much about the distilling process, as well as the history of the restaurant, the brewery, and the distillery. Very informative and entertaining, would DEFINITELY recommend this tour to anyone!
presenter's personality made the lessons very informative & entertaining
The information was very informative, the distillery was interesting, and we enjoyed the tastings. We did, however, forget to ask for our souvenir glasses.
Lots of great information and an interesting presentation.Scott was terrific and answered all questions.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the spirits were smooth and tasteful but I did not receive the souvenir
glassware for two as mentioned on the groupon.
Scott is a man that loves what he does and it "spills" over into his tour. Scott has a passion for the distillery process...he goes into detail on how his distillery has crafted TOPO vodka, rum, gin and whiskey. Nice to meet a person who loves what they do and has the energy to make it exciting for all. The tasting that we do at the end of the tour was educational. Never saw it coming! We've switched our allegiance of vodka! TOPO Organic is now our fav! Thanks Scott!
Scott gave us a wonderfully entertaining and knowledge - filled introduction, tour and tasting! Will recommend for individuals or groups in the future :)
The tour was great. The problem was the lack of communication. After arriving 15 minutes early, like requested, we waited for over 30 minute before someone in the group finally called the restaurant(when had tried the bell and number on the door that no one answered). They were not aware that we were waiting. They called us back and said that there had been a family emergency for the person that was supposed to give the tour. They had reached the other distiller and he would be there in about 15 minutes. We ended up waiting for almost 1 hour in 90+ degree heat. The tour was great and the distiller was very apologetic but the very hot wait could have been avoided if there was better communication. As apparent by this survey, you have my email.
Very informative, interactive, fun-tasting deliciousness. Owner was witty and articulate. Highly recommended for small or large groups!
So much interesting information presented with passion.
This is one of the best brewery/distillery tour we have been on. Scott was very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. The tour was very informative and we learned a lot. You could really taste the difference is Topo’s products vs others. Overall it was a great tour and we want to bring friends/family on this tour when they come visit.
We had a great time! We learned so much about distilling and loved talking with the owner about his backstory and experiences. They provide plenty of samples of their high quality liquor and are happy to answer questions and give recommendations. It was so laid back, fun, and a great price for the whole experience. I will be back!
It was great receiving a tour from the owner as opposed to a paid actor like you find at some brewery/distillery tours!