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.

Batch 4

Batch 4

Back to 96

Our most complex whiskey to date. We returned to our 96-proof roots to produce a richer mouth feel. The heart of the blend is an eight-year-old rye sourced from a new distillery just south of our current source on the Highwood River. This rye is richer in mouth feel, color and personality. We added seven- and eight-year-old corn, then spiked the whole thing with some nine- and 13-year-old whiskey that we aged in artisans barrels on Treasure Island for an additional 14 months.

Tasting Notes

Spicier on the nose than our last batch, with hints of coriander, nutmeg and dark cherry fruit. Sweet notes of caramel and vanilla on the front of the palate with creamy undertones and dark red fruit flavors.

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Grain & Distillation Source

Alberta, Canada

Batch Size

3002 Bottles

Proof

96

Years Aged

Between seven and 13 years, with some seeing an additional 14 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

New York Batch

New York Batch

The Big Apple

Created in honor of our first foray into the Big City–and worthy of a damn good Manhattan. Call it a modern whiskey mashup: 51% eight-year-old rye and 49% seven-to-13-year-old corn, with some of the whiskeys aged for an additional 14 months in Missouri-sourced Joe Hoffmeister American oak barrels. We also aged some of the 13-year-old corn in French Limousin oak. The source whiskeys hail from two different distilleries in the same region, but with different stills and different styles.

Tasting Notes

A rich mouth feel with a high enough viscosity to shine in fruit-based cocktails. Rich stone fruit flavor with hints of vanilla and nutmeg. Spicy dry finish with sweet notes on the front of the palate.

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Grain & Distillation Source

Alberta, Canada

Batch Size

1002 Bottles

Proof

96

Years Aged

Between seven and 13 years, with some seeing an additional 14 months of aging in Hoffmeister Barrels

Barrels for Aging

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

Mash Bill

  • 51% rye
  • 49% 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.

Stock Room

We ask you this: who doesn’t want a whale tank top? Nobody, that’s who. Head over to the stock room and get yourself outfitted and ready to sail.

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Availability

Bender's is currently available in California, Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Washington DC, and New York. Enter your postcode below to find a store or watering hole near you.