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 5

Batch 5

Overview

Batch 5 is blend of five year rye and eight to nine year corn whiskey, a portion of which was finished in Hoffmeister char 1 barrels. For this batch we also lowered the proof to 90 which keeps the alcohol from overwhelming while bringing the flavor forward when drinking neat or in a cocktail.

Tasting Notes

The rye gives the whiskey a sweet and spicy character with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses. The corn rounds out the pallet with sweet overtones, extending the finish at the back of the palate.

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Grain & Distillation Source

Alberta, Canada

Batch Size

960 Bottles

Proof

90

Years Aged

Between 5 to 9 years

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

  • 5 year rye
  • 8 year corn
  • 9 year corn

Water Sources

Hetch Hetchy & the Highwood River

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

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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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Availability

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