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RoughStock Montana Pure Malt Whiskey

Aged for up to five years, this whiskey is made exclusively from barley that has been harvested and malted in Montana.

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Nestled in the foothills of the Bridger Mountain Range in southwestern Montana, RoughStock Distillery is the first distillery in Montana since Prohibition, and the first distillery to make whiskey in Montana in over a century. The distillery is the brainchild of Bryan Schultz, RoughStock's owner and master distiller. After serving overseas in the armed forces, Schultz moved back to his native Montana in order to open the distillery. "We mortgaged everything we had," says Schultz, "we sold all of our stuff and we maxed out our credit cards, because we knew that the words "˜Montana' and "˜Whiskey' fit really well together."

RoughStock Montana Whiskey is made exclusively from barley grown and harvested in Montana. "We grow some world class grains here,"Schultz adds. After the barley has been harvested, it is malted in Montana by a company that has been practicing the art of malting barley for over a century. The malted barley is milled and mashed back at RoughStock, before being fermented in an open-top fermentation tank composed of old growth Oregon fir. The Oregon wood absorbs a portion of the heat generated during the fermentation process and as a result, allows for slower and more methodical fermentation (this ultimately leads to a more rich and flavorful whiskey). Following fermentation, the wash is distilled twice through Schultz's custom-made, Vendome copper-pot stills.

After distillation, a portion of RoughStock Montana Pure Malt Whiskey is matured for up to five years in American oak casks that have been toasted and then charred to the distillery's exact specifications, while the remainder is matured in casks that have been charred only. The casks are laid to rest in a temperature controlled warehouse in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains. "The frequent high pressure and low pressure weather systems near the mountains work the whiskey in and out of the barrel staves tirelessly," says Schultz. After maturation, the whiskey is blended in small batches and then bottled. "We're looking for deep, rich, complex aromas and tastes," says Schultz.

As a result, RoughStock Montana Pure Malt Whiskey has an aroma of tropical fruits, including pears, pineapples and bananas. Notes of vanilla, honey, moist tobacco, leather and vanilla dominate the palate, and lead to a finish accented by touches of smoke and dark spices.

"We're really trying to create whiskey with a Western flair," says Schultz. Try a Montana whiskey today!

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