High West Distillery
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Southern Wine and Spirits
Taste: Sweet honey nougat, rich caramel, dark ginger cake, mulling spices, dried cherries
Finish: Long & rich, roasted pecan, molasses, leather
This cask collaboration used barrels that previously held High West Yippie Kayee whiskey. Generously aromatic with cinnamon roll, coffee and pumpkin spice. The up front palate has some soy, coffee, and cocoa nib on a light oily texture. Mid palate gets more savory, with the barrel influence coming through giving it a soft long finish.
Max Rudsten and Ben Flajnik, two local guys with a passion for the peculiar, formed their friendship over a shot of fernet. Prior to this fateful toast, they each had explored their infatuation with complex elixirs. Max had spent tireless days in his backyard experimenting with his own concoctions, constantly macerating, infusing, and barrel-aging different local plants and herbs, exhaustively cataloging the results in hopes of creating the first local, San Francisco fernet. Meanwhile, on an amaro quest of his own, Ben traveled to the most remote corners of the globe, immersing himself in the methods and techniques practiced by some of most renowned international distilleries.
Their connection sparked the emergence of Fernet Francisco - The first locally crafted, Bay Area fernet.
In each batch of Fernet Francisco, we distill 12 hand-picked herbs with a holy wisp of fresh fog. The purest. The surest. The spirit of San Francisco.
Nose: A big nose of cinnamon stick, clove, vanilla, peppermint, caramelized sugar and dried fruit
Taste: Very spicy, with cinnamon, crisp mint and fennel, underlying sweet notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla, macaroon, cocoa, and candied fruit.
Finish: Takes hold with huge rye spice, cinnamon, orange rind, and vanilla and it lingers for ages.
A blend of older Straight Rye whiskeys ranging in age from 5 to 19 years.
Straight Rye whiskeys: 95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP; 53% rye, 37% corn, 10% from Barton Distillery; 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt from Barton Distillery
Nose: Mint, clove, cinnamon, licorice root, pine nuts,and dark chocolate, with a surprising dose of gin botanicals throughout
Taste: Rye spices up front, then menthol, mint, eucalyptus, herbal tea with wildflower honey and all spice
Finish: Cinnamon and mint, gradually sweetening through the finish, with a hint of anise
A blend of straight Rye whiskeys ranging in age from 2 to 16 years.
Straight Rye whiskeys: 95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP & 53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley malt from Barton Distillery.
Southern Wine an Spirits
Nose: Light caramel and sweet vanilla
Taste: Rich and earthy on the palate with well balanced flavors of candy corn, honey nougat and sweet corn bread biscuits
Finish: Vanilla with a hint of caramel apple
A blend of straight bourbon whiskeys aged from 2 to 13 years
Straight Bourbon Whiskey: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt from MGP
Other whiskey components are undisclosed due to contractual reasons
Nose: Aged whiskey and sweet red wine liquor
Taste: Muddled dried fruit, vinous liquor and spicy rye whiskey, chocolate covered cherry
Finish: Subtle spiced fruit with a viscous and slightly sweet finish
Straight Rye Whiskey and Vermouth aged 90-120 days
Straight Rye Whiskey: 95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP