Astor Wines & Spirits has teamed up with Ward III to bring you Charbay’s most recent innovation. At this much-anticipated tasting of the recently released “S” Hop Flavored Whiskey, Michael Neff of Ward III and The Rum House will be pouring the spirit in a cocktail that is sold only at his bars. Don’t miss this one!
Flavored whiskey? OK, I’m listening. Well, it’s not exactly flavored in the way you may think. It’s not a finished spirit that has macerated with flavoring agents, or had agents added just before bottling. What we have here is distilled beer. Specifically, The Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing. Regular whiskey production uses a “distiller’s beer” that yields a white spirit when distilled. In this instance you have the next step: making a brewer’s beer that is finished with hops and then distilled, giving a unique aroma that is quite complex, even before aging. This is part of a new movement in whiskey to create change before distilling, as opposed to using a particular cask finish to achieve extra layers of flavor. The aromas leap out of the glass here: herbs, orange, malty grain, leafy greens, and flowers.
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