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The Water in the Best Bagels and Pizza Is Now Going Into Whiskey

Great Jones Distilling Co. taps the aura of New York City’s municipal water supply.

Great Jones Distilling Co. is producing the first made-in-Manhattan whiskey in generations.

Great Jones Distilling Co. is producing the first made-in-Manhattan whiskey in generations.

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A whiskey can express its provenance in myriad ways, from the flavor of the malt used in production to the story sold on the back of a bottle. For Great Jones Distilling Co., which opened in August as Manhattan’s first legal whiskeymaker in more than a century, it’s all in the water.

Connoisseurs of New York City’s beloved bagels and famous pizza pies have something to say about this. What pours out of the tap here is a “hard” water, they’ll tell you, lower in calcium and magnesium and higher in limestone and pH than the national average. This particular chemical composition gives birth to a lighter, more airy dough—the hallmark consistency of the legendary local carbs.