Dad's Hat Cask Strength Rye Whiskey - Selected by Seelbach's
Age: 6-year 4-months
Proof: 129 proof
Barrel: 53-Gallon 36-month air-dried staves (this is important)
Barrel Date: 7/15/14
Bottle Date: 11/30/2020
Mash Bill: 80/15/5 Rye/Malted Barley/Malted Rye
Bottle Count: 180 bottles
Tasting Notes: The nose is fantastic. It's packed with raspberry and orange peel. Notes of peach and white tea begin to come through. There's a hint of white pepper and oak. This nose continues to evolve. The taste is slightly thin but that's to be expected with the higher proof. With a little water, it opens up to clove and pitted fruit. There's a cherry pepper note that is interesting. The finish is long. There's more tea, almonds, rose water, and fresh tobacco.
About Dad's Hat:
Starting from scratch is the only way to make genuine small-batch rye. Our mission is to distill and deliver classic Pennsylvania Rye spirits following over 200 years of American distilling tradition.
Our mission from the outset was to ultimately produce a great, flavorful whiskey while ensuring genuine Pennsylvania Rye would live on in its purest form. Cultivating relationships with local farms to source the rye locally is vital to that goal. We work with local partners to develop sustainable relationships – tapping into Pennsylvania’s agricultural richness to obtain the highest quality grain for our use while offering fair pricing to farmers and suppliers in our region.
Our recipe was formulated working with the Artisan Distilling Program at Michigan State University over a two year period and is modeled after traditional Pennsylvania rye whiskey. Using high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, a grain bill of 80% rye, 15% barley malt and 5% rye malt yields a flavorful mash that undergoes a weeklong, controlled fermentation to develop complex flavor. At the end of this week, the mash is ready for the first of two distillations.