LYON RUM is the flagship product of Windon Distilling, located in Saint Michaels, Maryland, steps from the Chesapeake Bay. Founded in 2012, the distillery launched on 12/7/13 with a signature line of rums paying tribute to the rich, spirited traditions of the Eastern Shore. LYON spirits start with intentionally-sourced raw ingredients, and are truly hand-crafted – mashed, fermented, and double-distilled in small pot stills – every step of the way, resulting in a superior and unique final product. The goal is to create distinctly American spirits – working to define the category of New American Rum, while experimenting with obscure and varied finishes. Every spirit passes through the hands, and discerning palates, of the LYON RUM team.
CEO & Founder Jaime Windon spent years working in the hospitality industry as a bartender, developing a keen taste for a perfectly balanced cocktail. Living in South America & Kenya, and traveling through Europe, India and the Caribbean, further refined her knowledge of, and affinity for, obscure and rare flavors – she favors twists on classics, and will gladly tell you how to make a flawless Rum Old Fashioned (the inspiration for LYON Rock & Rum), or the ideal Rum Negroni. Intrigued by the resurgence of small-scale, craft distilling, and fueled by the desire to create something new & notable, Jaime is proud to help revive the illustrious history of Maryland distilling. She currently oversees sales and operations at the distillery, and works constantly to promote and grow the craft spirits industry locally, serving as president of the Maryland Distillers Guild.
The LYON RUM team is currently made up of 15 passionate individuals: rum lovers, rum makers, & rum runners. The focus is on blending innovative techniques with traditional methods to create one-of-a-kind spirits – all while delighting, educating, entertaining & welcoming visitors to the Booze Factory.
In 2016, Gray Wolf Craft Distilling joined the party – husband & wife team RB Wolfensberger & Meghan Brown. Developing their own distinct line of spirits, while sharing our space, they mash, ferment, distill, barrel & bottle their growing portfolio here, alongside LDC. On 10/31/16 we proudly debuted Lone Vodka & on 7/1/17 released the first batch of barrel-rested Timber Gin. In May 2019 Lobo became Maryland’s 1st Agave Spirit. Stay tuned for more releases as well as future collaborations between the two teams.