2022 American Malt Whiskey Release
This year marks the fifth year we’ve released our malt whiskey by the bottle, and the 11th year we’ve served a new expression in our tasting room. Since 2012, we’ve been serving our malt whiskey in our tasting room starting on the weekend closest to St. Patrick’s Day. Our malt whiskey is in the style of some of the finest small-batch Irish whiskeys we have had, so we thought it was a fitting time to share it with the world.
This year’s release is sooooo delicious, and yet a bit different from the 2021 release (which was also delicious). Each year, we find that we’re discovering new layers of complexity, and going in new directions based on our feelings and preferences at the time we’re blending. This year’s edition is round, with rich honey and fruit tones, a hint of hazelnut and small accents of spice. It has a long, delicate finish meant to be savored.
About the Whiskey
For this whiskey, we started with 100% malted barley. We fermented the grain in-house, and then distilled through Ethel the Still. Then, we filled some full-size used bourbon barrels with it, and let them sit in our distillery on our house-made racking system. We moved them when we moved to our new location a few years ago, even.
Like past years, this particular whiskey has been made with a blend of our aged barrels – the youngest in the mix is 6 years old, and some of the whiskey is quite a bit older.
This whiskey demonstrates the style and flavor profile we look for in a superior pot-distilled malt whiskey. Our 2022 blend has a rich nose with hints of honey and apricot. On the palate, it leads with smooth notes of honey, hints of hazelnut and pear, with touches of minerality and oak on a round, layered finish. Smooth and incredibly sippable.
We are pouring it for the first time on St Paddy’s Day, Thursday, March 17, 2022. Stop by for a dram and see what we’ve made – Sláinte!