Low Gap Blended Whiskey

Aged in new Bourbon barrels and used Cognac barrels, Low Gap whiskey was named "Artisan Whiskey of the Year" by Whisky Advocate in 2012.
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Master distiller Crispin Cain is a seasoned spirits and wine industry veteran. In 1983 he was moonlighting jobs in Pleasanton in a wine cellar, and on a bottling line, while working with Cooper Laboratories plasma kinetics division during the day. After having settled in Mendocino County, in ’89 Crispin Cain worked as assistant distiller to the brandy master Hubert Germain-Robin for seven years before founding Greenway Distillers Inc. with his wife, partner, and vice president, Tamar Kaye in 2005.

In 2008, he started a second company, Tamar Distillery Inc. which produces Low Gap Whiskey, Russell Henry Gin, DSP 162 Vodka, and Fluid Dynamics Barrel Aged Cocktails. Cain has proved to be quite the wizard on the still, known for delivering award-winning spirits, he has been distilling since way back in 1989.

It was while working for Germain-Robin that Cain got the idea of creating high-quality whiskey from Northern California that would express the purity of nature, "one which expresses the simple beauty of clean air, clean water, and tall trees, while capturing the complexity of malted grains from a variety of local and classic sources." He continues: "I create Low Gap whiskies using the time honored traditions of Cognac, keen attention to fermentation, the Charentais Pot Still, the double distillation method, choosing fine barrels to match fine spirits. Carefully selecting the distillate which becomes Low Gap Whiskey is the best part of my job, I do this with great pleasure," says Cain of his Low Gap Whiskey.

Low Gap Blended Whiskey is crafted from a mash of malted corn and barley — once the mash has been fermented into beer, the resulting wash is twice distilled through Coale's antique, 16-hectoliter (420-gallon) cognac still. After distillation, the whiskey is aged in two different types of barrels: new Bourbon barrels and used Cognac barrels.

After the whiskey has aged for three years, it is brought to proof using rainwater and bottled by hand. The whisky has a semi-sweet aroma, with touches of cornbread, malt, oak and grains. The aroma fades into notes of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch on the palate, and ultimately leads to a finish accented by toast and powdered sugar.

Low Gap earned the title “Artisan Whiskey of the Year” from Whisky Advocate in 2012, and quantities of the brand-new Low Gap Blended Whiskey are extremely limited.

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Proof 88 (44% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Tamar Distillery
Size 750mL
Semi-sweet aroma, with touches of cornbread, malt, oak and grains. The aroma fades into notes of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch on the palate, and ultimately leads to a finish accented by toast and powdered sugar.
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