Spirit Works "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel #14-0084 Rye Whiskey (750ml) (Previously $55)

SKU #1320005

The thing that first impressed me about Spirit Works, run by the husband and wife team of Timo and Ashby Marshall out of Sebastopol, is that they make all of their own grain neutral spirit in-house. It's a little known fact that most gin and vodka producers don't actually distill their own base spirits. They purchase it on the bulk market, then redistill it, flavor it, and water it down. Not at Spirit Works, however. Every spirit made by the company starts with the grain, which gets milled, mashed, fermented, and distilled in Sonoma. In the case of their outstanding rye whiskey, the resulting spirit is matured in traditional, charred, 53 gallon new American White Oak barrels just like it is in Kentucky. There's no quarter cask maturation and no attempt to skirt Father Time with clever ways to add color. It's the best craft whiskey I've tasted out of California that fits into the classic American whiskey idiom. Our exclusive cask was aged for two years and five months and proofed down to 45% ABV. On the nose it's a glorious and expansive aroma of caramel, baked apple, and cedar and the palate brings more vanilla, new oak, and subtle baking spices. It's not creamy or light like many of the Indiana-distilled products on the market, nor is it bold and herbaceous like some of the classic Kentucky expressions. 100% OF THE PROFITS GO TO HARVEY RELIEF (David Driscoll, K&L Buyer)

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