Indie Whiskey Trio
Trust us: Making your way through the incredible world of American craft whiskey is a trip! So prepare to be whiskey-d away by our all-inclusive, cross-country flight – a one-way ticket to total obsession.
First stop: Oregon's Willamette Valley. WhipperSnapper is a blend of two whiskeys that get combined then split into a variety of barrels for aging: French Pinot Noir, new American oak and used American whiskey barrels. It's young, ambitious, and has more character than most whiskeys 10 times its age!
Next stop: Virginian wine country. Catoctin Creek is the sole distillery in a land full of vineyards, but they maximize on the same good sunshine to power 85% of their operations with solar panels. This 100% rye whiskey – all the more rare since it’s 100% organic, too – is packed with smooth black pepper spice and hints of banana from just about two years in barrels.
Final destination: the lush forests of Kentucky. Corsair Artisan Distillery starts their no-punches-pulled, definitive answer to smoky Scotch with three batches of locally sourced malted barley. Each gets a different smoke – cherrywood, peat or beechwood. It’s all pot-distilled together and aged in new American oak to mellow out the fire, with classic big barrel notes of wood and rich vanilla.
Sip all three solo – neat, on the rocks, whatever you fancy – to experience each taste of place, then try mixing into your favorite Old Fashioned or whiskey sour recipes.