This bourbon earned the Gold Medal at The Fifty Best Tasting Competition, while this rye was named a "Must-Try Whiskey" by Wine Enthusiast.
Nestled in the foothills of the Catskill mountains and located just moments away from the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival, Catskill Distilling Company honors the rich history of the Sullivan County Catskills — a unique blend of tradition and revolution.
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 Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey. 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 using a hammer mill.
Catskill Distilling Company's Defiant Rye Whiskey is crafted from a mash of 65% rye grains and 35% malted barley, both of which are also sourced from local farms.
Once the grains have been milled and mashed for approximately five days, they are fermented and then distilled 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 bourbon and rye have been distilled, Sachs pours the whiskies into 25-gallon, charred American oak casks and allows them to mature. "Much of the way they 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. After a two-year slumber, the bourbon and rye are brought to proof and bottled by hand.
Most Righteous Bourbon has an aroma of caramel and fudge, with initial notes of butterscotch, toffee molasses and dried fruits on the palate. The flavors give way to slightly spicier notes of cinnamon, ginger and a touch of spice before leading to a soft, smooth finish. Most Righteous Bourbon earned the Gold Medal at The Fifty Best Tasting Competition in 2012 and was "highly recommended"in F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal.
Defiant Rye Whiskey has an aroma of caramel, brown sugar and molasses that gives way to notes of creamy vanilla, crème brÃ»lée and mocha on the palate. Lingering touches of tropical fruits — particularly bananas and coconuts — lead to smooth finish accented by notes of woody spices. Defiant Rye Whiskey earned the Gold Medal at The Fifty Best Tasting Competition, and was named a "Must-Try Whiskey"by Wine Enthusiast.
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Most Righteous Bourbon: Initial notes of butterscotch, toffee and molasses compliment hints of citrus and dried fruits. Mid-palate is slightly spicier, with notes of cinnamon, ginger and spice. Medium finish is light and smooth.