This post is written by Nick Dekker, blogger at Breakfast with Nick and author of a book all about breakfast in Columbus. You can follow him on Twitter @BreakfastwNick.

Did you know that central Ohio has an award-winning distilling scene? Our distilleries are small but mighty, producing high-end spirits that are enjoyed around the country while earning national recognition. Here’s a look at some products that have hit the market it recent months:

Middle West Spirits added one new spirit and yes, a maple syrup, to their profile. The Oloroso Wheat Whiskey is the first in their new Double Cask Collection. Long in the making, the whiskey was aged in American white oak barrels for a few years, then spent another two years in Oloroso Sherry casks. It’s a reddish-copper color and bursting with spices and dark fruits. Find the Oloroso at the distillery itself, and at restaurants like The Table, Mouton, and Gallo’s Taproom, or at local stores like The Hills Market, Huffman’s Market, and Weiland’s.

new spirits 1Then Middle West had a little fun with maple syrup. They aged Ohio maple syrup in leftover OYO bourbon barrels. It’s a nice way to enjoy a little kick with your pancakes!

Watershed Distillery added a specialty liqueur to their line-up: Nocino. Nocino is an Italian walnut liqueur. Watershed’s distillers learned the recipe from a Columbus resident who had been making it for years. They harvested local black walnuts themselves, then boiled them in vodka with spices to make a dark, sweet, nutty liqueur. Nocino is being used in cocktails at restaurants like Kraft House No. 5 in Powell, and at bars like Brothers Drake Meadery and Curio.

Brothers Drake Meadery has continued to produce top-of-the-line meads. Over recent months they’ve debuted specialty releases like their bourbon barrel apple pie mead. Their newest offering is the Sour Braggot, a sour pawpaw mead made with pilsner from Barley’s Brewing Company.

new spirits 2Want a fun way to taste some local distilleries’ products? Columbus-based Mixology Marmalades creates flavors using OYO whiskey, OYO stonefruit vodka, and Watershed bourbon barrel gin.

The Utica-based Mill St. Distillery has already been winning awards for their spirits, from their moonshine to their grappa and their brandies. You can find their spirits at most area grocery stores, including The Hills Market, Weiland’s, and Huffman’s Market.