Why is the distillery named "Silverback"? Silverback is the nick-name given to Christine's husband, Denver, by their three wonderful, wise-ass daughters. His early graying hair, overprotective demeanor and generally grumpy attitude (although sprinkled with unbridled exuberance) contributed to the name.
It all started with a tasting
Christine comes from a line of proud, independent women who made and enjoyed top-line hooch. Her great-grandmother made bathtub gin before WWI, on or about 1912...which makes it very coincidental that in the summer of 2012, 100 years after Great-Grammy sipped her own vat-made gin, Christine and her family went on a trip to Europe to explore their Scottish and Irish heritage. Christine was always called to the mountains, and it was in the highlands of Glencoe, Scotland after a visit to Ben Nevis Distillery, that Christine looked at her husband Denver and said, "I am going to make whiskey." The seed was planted for Silverback and Christine never looked back. After apprenticing at a distillery in Washington State, she began her research and trials to find the perfect blend of grains and botanicals for her products. Now a master distiller, Christine plans on expanding her whiskey line and growing the Silverback brand throughout the USA and internationally.
Mother-daughter distilling duo
After graduating from the University of Virginia, Christine's daughter, Lauren, decided to follow in her mother's footsteps and go back to Scotland to study brewing and distilling at Heriot-Watt University. In 2017, Lauren received her master's degree in Fermentation Sciences. Christine and Lauren are proud to be one of the nation’s few mother-daughter distilling teams and actively support women in the spirits industry.