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Jon Kreidler is the founder and chief officer of Tattersall Distilling, and upon the release of their Interstate Whiskey, he expressed his joy over the pending approval of a classification allowing distillers to officially label an American single malt whiskey. “As a member of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission, we have been anxiously awaiting the federal government’s approval of the American single malt whiskey designation.
“While distillation was completed in our Minnesota distillery, all of the grains were sourced from Wisconsin, and the aging took place in both locations. Interstate Whiskey bridges the two states, much like its namesake park.”
Under the regulations being considered by the TTB, the standards for this classification include the whiskey being sourced from a mash of 100% malted barley, to be mashed, distilled, and aged in the U.S. and distilled in one distillery, must be 160 proof or less, and stored in up to 700-liter oak barrels.
Tattersall’s destination distillery is located in River Falls, Wisconsin, and they source their corn, rye, wheat, and bourbon from a family farm in Minnesota. They also give surplus spent grains to a local cattle farmer, who feeds the very livestock that is featured on the Tattersall restaurant’s menu.
This particular American single malt I’m reviewing is aged four years in virgin oak barrels, and distilled from a blend of 100% malted barley including Wisconsin cherrywood smoked and dark roasted malts.
We review Tattersall Distilling Interstate American Single Malt, distilled from a blend of 100% malted barley including Wisconsin cherrywood smoked and dark roasted malts. (image via Jerry Jenae Sampson/The Whiskey Wash)
Vital Stats: Aged 4 years in virgin oak barrels. Blend of 100% malted barley including Wisconsin cherrywood smoked and dark roasted malts. 90 Proof (45% ABV). SRP $45/750ml bottle.
Appearance: The light gold of a cloudless sunrise.
Nose: There’s a great complexity on the nose. Pecans, brown sugar, chocolate covered coffee bean, and cherry presented nicely.
Palate: While there are elements that carry over from the pleasant nose, there is a slight lack of oomph with the tasting. Doughy elements and cherry syrup come through, there’s some melon and slight sugar that carries across the palate with a medium finish.
Whiskey Review: Tattersall Distilling Interstate American Single Malt
I recommend enjoying this whiskey in a cocktail, it’s light and would be great for a summer sipper. I think it could be nice neat, but wouldn’t suggest adding water or rocks as it would dilute an already mellow whiskey.
Jerry Sampson is a freelance writer, editor and screenwriter. Her creative work is ever improved by her love of whiskey and craft cocktails. She enjoys taking cool fall days to explore the great distilleries around Portland to get a closer look at the inner workings of her favorite spirits.