Old Potrero Single Malt 18th Century Style Whiskey (750ml)
The fascinating spirit represents Anchor Brewing Company's attempt to re-create the original whiskey of America. This release was distilled in a small copper pot still at Anchor's distillery on San Francisco's Potrero Hill, from a mash of 100% rye malt. Rye was the grain of choice for America's first distillers, and using a mash of 100% rye malt produces a uniquely American whiskey. Aging in handmade oak barrels--lightly toasted in the traditional manner--imparts a wonderfully subtle flavor to this 18th-century-style American whiskey. (In the 18th century, barrels were made by heating the staves over a fire of oak chips, allowing them to be bent and formed into a barrel shape. During this process, the inside of the barrel would become toasted--but not charred.) For aging, Anchor chose several uncharred oak barrels--both new and used--to achieve the balanced complexity that complements this whiskey's unique heritage.