Ages with grace, not bitterness

When thinking about our favorite whiskeys, we kept coming back to balance. Too often whiskey is characterized by extremes: Bourbon being too sweet or Rye being too dry. Our goal was to create a spirit that captured the essence of each without relying too heavily on one. That’s why our mash bill features corn, which imparts a sweet, bourbon-like overtone, complemented with a healthy dose of rye, which imparts a dry, spicy undertone.

To really enhance and refine the flavor, we use the mother of all barrels: charred 53-gallon new American Oak.  The wood constituents bring out delicious vanilla and caramel notes, as well as a nutty finish that never overpowers the spirit’s grainy taste. It’s a unique flavor that is both great for sipping or mixed in a cocktail.

SVG_code_fileWhen we began, we had a shoestring budget and opened the distillery in a poorly insulated, metal warehouse. We quickly discovered that it was like a greenhouse: It was hot in the summer and frigid during the colder months. The big fluctuations in temperature would make the barrels swell and contract, forcing the whiskey in and out of the wood. It was a brutal environment to work in, but a great one for aging whiskey.

 
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Big Honey

  • 1.5 oz American Straight Whiskey
  • .5 oz honey
  • Ginger ale
  • Orange bitters
    (regular Angostura bitters work as well) 

Add American Straight Whiskey and honey. Stir until the honey dissolves, add ice, top with ginger ale, add 5 dashes of bitters, gently stir and garnish with an orange twist.

Boulevardier

  • 2 oz American Straight Whiskey
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Stir all ingredients in rocks glass. Add one large ice cube. Rim and garnish with a lemon peal.

Manhattan

  • 2.5 oz American Straight Whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Stir American Straight Whiskey, sweet vermouth and Angostura Bitters with ice, strain into a rocks glass or a coup. Rim with an orange or lemon peal.
(For the drier, Perfect Manhattan, use .5 oz sweet vermouth and .5 oz of dry vermouth).