White Dogs and White Whiskies
For our purposes, White Dogs are clear spirits bottled at or near still strength. The benefit here, aside from more punch per ounce, is that there is nowhere for the distiller to hide. Any fault - from the malting, the brewing (especially brewing!) and on through the distilling - will be readily evident.
We are currently offering two White Dogs from the Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, VA: Wasmund's Rye Spirit and Wasmund's Single Malt Spirit (not to be confused with Wasmund's Single Malt which is aged with apple and cherry wood chips.)
When Spirits such as these are cut with water before being bottled, they are then called White Whiskies. In a rough sense, these can be looked at as rustic vodkas. The properties are similar, except these White Whiskies are made in Alembic stills rather than industrial column stills. They are also not distilled more than twice, nor are they overly filtered or rounded with sugar or glycerin.
Wasmund's Rye Spirit: 1/3 Barley, 2/3 Rye, lightly smoked with apple and cherry wood,
Wasmund's Single Malt Spirit: 100% Barley, lightly smoked with apple and cherry wood,
Death's Door White Whisky: 100% Wheat, 40% ABV
Family farmers in Wisconsin supply all the grain (Organic Hard Red Winter Wheat) for this family-run operation.
Hudson New York Corn Whiskey: 100% Corn, 46% ABV
This is their Baby Bourbon before it goes into barrel, soft and sweet.
TJD's Aito Rus: 100% Rye, 40% ABV
A Scandanavian product developed for the US, we are the first bar to carry it. Very filtered, this is basically a heavy vodka, an excellent introduction to the category.
Corsair Wry Moon: 100% Rye, 46% ABV
Corsair is an incredibly small operation (75 bottle batches) comprised of three friends in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Surprising chocolate notes which we didn't expect from unaged spirit.
Posted April 8, 2010 • Filed under Spirits
Courtesy Tuthilltown Spirits
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