Wolves Rye & Hop Flavored Whiskey Batch No. 1
This variation of Wolves signature blend is heavier on the 7 and 6 year-old Rye whiskeys. The beer distillates in this release include whiskey distilled from Stout beer, aged in used French Oak for 9 years, and whiskey distilled from a California Pale Ale, aged in used French Oak for 7 years.
Proof: 103 Proof
Bottle Date: 9/12/22
Tasting Notes: Nose – Honeysuckle, citrus, hops, milk chocolate, black cherry, warm vanilla. Mouth- Tangerine, dark chocolate, hops, oak, citrus, nutmeg. Finish – Long and warm on the front pallet, rising spice on the finish
About: Wolves Master Distiller Marko Karakasevic distills these rare California beer whiskeys over a 10-day period, sleeping in four hour shifts so that he alone can make each cut, selecting ‘the heart of hearts’ for double distillation. He does so in a small, slow, alembic Brandy still that was imported to California from Cognac, France in 1983. Coming off the Brandy still, these beer distillates have massive body, viscosity, and take oak exceptionally well.
“It’s amazing that the whiskeys Marko has been making from beer for decades have not reached a wider audience. The body and quality of these whiskeys is on par with the best spirits in the world,” noted Wolves CEO and Master Blender, Jeremy Joseph.
No flavoring has been added to the whiskey. However, the TTB requires the “Hop Flavored” designation because the whiskey was distilled from a refined starting product (bottle-ready beer) rather than a grain mash.
“This Rye-forward expression exudes the vanilla, hops, chocolate, and citrus that the signature blend is known for. We are honored to help share what Marko started long ago,” said co-founder Jon Buscemi. “I’m glad Wolves can help push the limits of how whiskey is traditionally done.”