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Whiskey Release III

"What if?" In 1999, Miles and Marko became fascinated by the idea of distilling bottle-ready beer into whiskey - a first in the whiskey industry.

They soon embarked on an amazing 3.5 weeks of distilling 24/7 in the family's classic 1000-gallon Alambic Charentais Pot Still. It took 20,000 gallons of great Pilsner to create just 1000 gallons (24 barrels) of Whiskey.

The result? Aromas of caramel and vanilla lead to maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, leather & tobacco. This whiskey is lush, with a full mouthfeel and lingering finish.

Notes about the Pilsner Whiskey Series:
Distilled in 1999 from bottle-ready Pilsner Beer (Benzinger Winery & Brewery, which is now Benzinger Winery). 20,000 gallons of beer distilled into 1,000 gallons of Whiskey.
Release I: Aged 2 years in new American White Oak. 840 bottle release. 64.7% ABV (129.4 proof), barrel strength
Release II: Aged 6 years in new American White Oak + 3 years in stainless. 120 case release. 55% ABV (110 proof).
Release III: Aged 6 years in new American White Oak + 8 years in stainless. 228 case release. 66.2 ABV (132.4 proof, barrel strength)
Release IV: Aged 13 1/2 years in new American White Oak. 223 bottle release. 69.6 ABV (139.2 proof, barrel strength)
Release V: Fall 2016 release. Only 5 cases being released. Wait list is full, but email us to get information about the next Pilsner Whiskey (2015) batch, which is now barrel aging.

Charbay Whiskey was made from European Two-Row Barley, grown and malted in British Columbia, which has much more concentrated flavors than the more mainstream 6-row barley. Made into beer by professional brewers. Choice hops were added just before distillation to create the floral and spice notes that Marko envisioned in his mind. No peat was used during malting; our brewers, as well as Marko and Miles, the distillers, prefer to focus on the pure grain and hops flavors.

It took an amazing 3.5 weeks of distilling 24/7 in the family's classic 1000-gallon Alambic Charentais Pot Still to distill 20,000 gallons of great Pilsner into just 1000 gallons (24 barrels) of Whiskey.

Aged 6 years in new American White Oak barrels (charred #3 'Gator skin') and an additional 8 years in netural vessels to continue evolving without additional oak extraction. 

5 STARS/HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION - "A complete oak-aged spirit that's majestic and unique."
- Spirit Journal


 "Out of the hundreds of spirits reviewed for this year’s Spirit Buying Guides, this list represents 50 of the best picks."


"Spirited Away: Singular Libations" 

ROBB REPORT: Holiday Host's Guide (December 2014)


"...a knockout the likes of which you aren’t going to encounter anywhere else." - C. Null/DrinkHacker.com


94 PTS "Maverick Whiskey" - Distiller.com

Enjoy room temperature neat, with a splash of spring water or a spring water ice cube.

Tasting Notes: Aromas of caramel and vanilla lead to maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, leather & tobacco. Lush, full mouthfeel and lingering finish.

Alc. by Vol
66.2%

Proof
132.4

Bottle Size
750 ML