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Whiskey Release II

 "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 Alambic Charentais Pot Still. It took 20,000 gallons of great Pilsner to create just 1000 gallons (24 barrels) of Whiskey. 

  • Tasting Notes: Aromas of caramel and vanilla lead to maple sysrup, vanilla, cinnamon, leather & tobacco. Lush, full mouthfeel and lingering finish.
  • Serving Suggestions: Enjoy room temperature neat, with a splash of spring water or a spring water ice cube.
  • Collectors Alert: 10 cases only
  • Alcohol: 55.0% abv (110. proof)
  • Bottle Size: 100 mL

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.

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

Bottled at 110 proof and not filtered Second release from Collector’s Series—20,000 gallons of Pilsner distilled for 3.5 weeks straight (24/7) in 1999 by Miles & Marko Karakasevic (22 barrels total).

Aged at variable temperatures; 5 barrels chosen & blended to share how the Whiskey is aging.

 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast (March 2011) “This whiskey reads like a cross between Bourbon and a fine Cognac, delivering rich aromas of caramel, espresso and crème brûlèe. Although initially brisk and spicy the flavor fades to a long burnt-toffee finish and bracing bite. Feels warm and soft on the tongue.”

“It is a majestic whiskey, tasting of butterscotch and vanilla with apple fruit, but the main impression is of solidity, harmony and concentration.” LA Times Charles Perry
“The nose is incredibly complex with notes of honey, oak, cereal and an incredible spiciness, and the palate follows the nose to a tee. The body is huge, silky and highly textured, and the finish goes on forever...mastery of the craft..” Gary Reagan

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