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Pine Barrens Single Malt Whisky

Distilled from Old Howling Bastard beer, this whisky is aged for just over a year in small oak casks.

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"I've always been a whisky fan," says Rich Stabile, the founder of Long Island Spirits and the creator of Pine Barrens Single Malt Whisky. "When we decided we were going to make a whisky, we really wanted to do something different and knock people's socks off. Most American whiskies are made from corn or rye — we wanted to do something totally unique, so we decided to distill a craft beer."

Pine Barrens Single Malt Whisky is distilled from bottle-ready Old Howling Bastard beer (10.0% ABV). The beer, which is made from English two-row barley and Vienna malt, has a robust caramel flavor that is nicely balanced by strong notes of hops. "All whiskies start out as beer, but 99.999% of those beers are undrinkable before you distill them," says Stabile. "We started our whisky-making process with a great, high quality, drinkable beer and distilled it in micro-batches."

Working from his distillery situated on the North Fork peninsula of Long Island, Stabile, together with his team of distillers, distilled 850 gallons of the beer through twin, 650-liter custom-made copper pot stills equipped with 30-foot tall rectification distillation columns, turning it into 100 gallons of whisky. The whisky was then brought to 125 proof with water sourced from an aquifer beneath the 100,000-acre Pine Barrens Forest Preserve and aged in 10-gallon, charred oak casks for just over two months. Stabile then brought the whisky down to 95 proof and aged it for another 10-12 months. After maturation, each bottle was filled and labeled by hand.

Pine Barrens Single Malt has a rich, heady aroma with subtle notes of vanilla, malt and a touch of sweetness. The barley ale gives the single malt a smooth mouthfeel, while the oak casks provide for warming notes of caramel that ultimately lead to a smooth and memorable finish.

"It's part of the pioneer spirit to try to do something by putting your own signature on it," says Stabile. "I'm not trying to make someone else's product." Be a pioneer and pick up a bottle today!

Rich, heady aroma leads to initial flavors of vanilla, malt and caramel with a touch of sweetness. Smooth and unique mouthfeel, which has an oaky warmth that ultimately leads to a smooth and memorable finish.

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