About Corsair Centennial Malt Whiskey
Corsair Centennial Malt Whiskey is a whiskey distilled from malted barley and flavored with hops. Our "experiments and tasting competitions taught us that Centennial hops were some of the best hops possible," says Bell. Centennial Hops were first created in 1974 and boast an alpha acid rating of 9.5%-11.5%, resulting in a slightly floral flavor profile that is ideal for making pale ales and India pale ales. After Corsair Centennial Malt Whiskey is distilled with the hops, it is aged in new, American oak casks until it reaches its peak flavor. As a result, the whiskey has a sweet aroma, with touches of rose petals and orange zest. Notes of caramelized oranges and sweet malt dominate the flavor profile, and lead to a finish accented by balanced hops and sweet citrus.
"We are a small distillery, but we have big dreams," says Bell. "Our goal from day one has been to distill the best whiskey in the world," he adds, noting that Corsair has won 74 different medals in the past six years.
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"I'm an avid whiskey lover," says Darek Bell, master distiller at Corsair Artisan Distillery in Kentucky, "but I do think whiskey could be better. Different. More interesting. More imaginative." Bell, a graduate of the Bruichladdich Distilling Academy in Islay, Scotland, is a mad scientist and notoriously experimental distiller. Since opening its doors in 2009, Corsair Artisan Distillery has received numerous accolades and awards, including being named the 2013 Craft Distillery of the Year and 2013 Innovator of the Year by "Whisky Magazine".
"When you look at the palette the distilling world uses, the paints typically consist of corn, rye, wheat and malted barley," explains Bell, a former homebrewer. "Contrast that to craft brewing, where brewers use dozens of malts and adjuncts. With distilling, I think like a brewer: the better the ingredients you put into the whiskey, the better it will be."
About American Whiskey
There are two main representatives of the American whiskey family, bourbon, and rye, but some other spirits don't fall into those two strictly regulated categories.
There's equally strictly regulated American single malt, made from 100% malted barley, Tennessee whiskey, essentially bourbon filtered through maple charcoal and aged in new charred oak barrels.
And then there's moonshine, a high proof (150- 170 proof) distilled spirit mainly made out of corn which gained popularity during the prohibition.
Check out our impressive selection of American single malts, or find your new favorite in our rich whisk(e)y selection, and get familiarized with what the world has to offer.