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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
The High West Barrel-Finished Manhattan is their take on this true classic cocktail. They love this drink for its harmony, balancing just the right amount of sweet, rich, bitter, and spice. Like any classic, you respect what makes it great. That's why they use the time-tested recipe for a "perfect Manhattan" featuring sweet and dry vermouth, a few dashes of aromatic bitters, and High West bourbon and rye whiskeys. What isn't classic, but adds depth and complexity, is barrel aging. For that reason, they let this Manhattan age in used rye barrels to fully marry the flavors. Worth the wait. Enjoy this most intricate rendition of a true classic.