Our Spirits

Our Spirits

Trial and error can be a beautiful thing. Especially when it’s in the service of crafting a complex yet accessible small-batch Rye. Whether it’s balancing flavors or hauling our own Hoffmeisters to try our hands at barrel aging, we bow at the opposing altars of perfectionism and serendipity.

Rory 001

Rory 001

Welcome

We created this batch to welcome the newest member of our team, Rory Glasgow. A Scottish native, Rory has a nationally ingrained enthusiasm for whisk(e)y while also having extensive experience in marketing and the hospitality industry. In this micro-batch, we aged our spirit in a combination similar too our fourth batch. To add a fitting European edge, we finished the spirit in our French Cadus oak barrel for an additional year. This adds a pleasantly light, grassy and floral feel to the spirit, akin to a Speyside, bringing this batch into its own.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, the unmistakable spice, however, slightly subtler than with previous batches, followed by faint currant fruits, a delicate floral bouquet, and the common themes of coriander and nutmeg. The front palate is presented with sweet notes of caramel and vanilla with soft velvety hints of the currants, as was obtained on the nose, coming through on the back of the palate. The light floral notes are revived as we’re given a long, grassy, oaky, and somewhat dry finish.

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Grain & Distillation Source

Alberta, Canada

Batch Size

960 Bottles

Proof

96

Years Aged

Between 7 and 13 years, an additional 14 months of aging in Hoffmeister Barrels, and finally finished for a year in a re-toasted and charred French Cadus oak barrel

Barrels for Aging

Year-old bourbon barrels and Joe Hoffmeister barrels for selective additional aging with additional year in re-toasted and charred French Cadus oak barrel

Mash Bill

  • 32% 8 and 9 year rye
  • 68% 7, 8 and 13 year corn

Water Sources

Hetch Hetchy & the Highwood River

The Knot

The Knot

Getting Hitched

To commemorate the wedding for the man himself – Carl Bender – our micro-batch of 536 bottles has a similar mash bill to our fourth batch. The difference comes from 8 months of additional aging in our oak Hoffmeister Barrels. This accentuation of American oak releases a heavy emphasis on the vanilla, oak, and coconut characteristics.

Tasting Notes

Instant and distinct rye spice with overtures of honey, vanilla and coconut on the nose. The front palate is instantly treated to the honey sweetness and coconut discovered earlier with traces of ginger spice. On the back palate, we find strong evidence of oak imparted from the additional aging process. We’re further rewarded with a reasonably long finish with more lingering emphasis on the wood flavor followed by a surprisingly dry exit.

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Grain & Distillation Source

Alberta, Canada

Batch Size

536 Bottles

Proof

96

Years Aged

Between 7 and 13 years, with an additional 22 months of aging in Hoffmeister Barrels

Barrels for Aging

Year-old bourbon barrels and Joe Hoffmeister barrels for selective additional aging

Mash Bill

  • 32% 8 and 9 year rye
  • 68% 7, 8 and 13 year corn

Water Sources

Hetch Hetchy & the Highwood River

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Cask Aged

Our whiskey already has a few years on it when it arrives at the warehouse, but we often give it another birthday before we bottle, taking parts of certain stocks and adding them to new barrels. So far we've been using new American Oak barrels from skilled barrelmaker and all-around great guy Joe Hoffmeister, who operates his cooperage out of Genevieve County, Missouri.

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