Catskill Distilling Fearless Straight Wheat Whiskey
Over three decades ago, Monte Sachs — Catskill Distilling Company's founder and distiller — attended veterinary school at the University of Pisa in Italy. After class each day, Sachs would meet with an Italian farmer named Bernardini, who taught Sachs how to distill grappa. "He taught me about the importance of sourcing quality ingredients from small farms and about how the shape and size of a still is reflected in the weight and mouthfeel of the spirits," says Sachs.
Catskill Distilling Company's Most Righteous Bourbon is the result of a collaboration between Sachs and Lincoln Henderson, the creator of Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Angel's Envy Bourbon. Sachs sources a mash of 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% malted barley from Cochecton Mills, a local farm in upstate New York, and then mills the grains inside his 5,000 square-foot distillery.
After mashing and fermenting the grains for approximately 5 days, Sachs distills the wash for each whiskey through his custom-made, twin 650-liter copper pot stills imported from Germany. "Some people have said saxophone; some people have said flute; some people have said Willy Wonka," says Sachs of the still's appearance. "But it is an incredible instrument."
After the spirits have been distilled, Sachs pours them into 25-gallon, charred oak casks and allows them to mature. "Much of the way our spirits taste is because of our maturation house," says Sachs. The casks are placed in Catskill Distilling Company's temperature-controlled warehouse, which was specially designed to accelerate the whiskey's maturation process. The temperatures in the warehouse are constantly monitored and altered in order to increase the exposure of the spirits to the oak.
Fearless Wheat Whiskey has an aroma of pears, apples and honeydew that gives way to notes of soft vanilla, lemon zest and charred oak on the palate. The finish is bold and spicy, with hints of dark chocolate, orange and cloves.
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|Proof||85 (42.5% ABV) each|
|Distiller/Bottler Name||Catskill Distilling Company|
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