Frey Ranch Distillery recently launched the first two expressions from what they call their “Single Grain Series,” a line of whiskeys created to highlight the individual grains grown on the Frey family’s 1,500 acre Nevada ranch.
Frey Ranch Single Grain 100% Oat Whiskey (50% ABV, 375ml, $59 SRP) and Frey Ranch Single Grain 100% Wheat Whiskey (50% ABV, 375ml, $49 SRP) are both made entirely from grains grown and malted on-site and aged for six and a half years in barrels on the Frey Ranch property.
Located just east of the Sierra Mountains, with what’s described as lush farming conditions due to its proximity to the Lake Tahoe Watershed, Frey Ranch Distillery is a year-round working farm and one of the few whiskey producers that grows 100 percent of its grains on-site and has done so since the distillery’s founding in 2006.
The new whiskey expressions come after nearly a decade of planning and patience of co-founder and self-proclaimed “whiskey farmer,” Colby Frey.
He said in a prepared statement the grains used in these whiskeys were planted in the spring of 2014. A year later, after harvest, Frey and his team began the distillation process with the intention of creating whiskeys that highlight the flavors of each specific grain.
Frey Ranch will release more expressions in its limited Single Grain Series in the years to come, with 12 unique whiskeys currently aging in barrel.
“The release of our Oat and Wheat Whiskeys has been a long time coming, and we’re thrilled to see what whiskey enthusiasts think of these new expressions,” Frey said. “Farming these grains ourselves gives us the opportunity to explore the unique flavor profiles of these single-grain variations without influence from any other grains in the mash bill, and discover how they can stand out in the whiskey world.”
Frey Ranch’s Single-Grain Wheat Whiskey distiller’s notes:
(50% ABV, $49 per 375ml bottle)
Produced with soft white winter wheat grown in 2014 on the Frey Ranch in Fallon, NV. The extended aging regiment in full 53-gallon whiskey barrels impart unique flavors and an aromatic profile of Bananas Foster, butterscotch, and orange peel, backed up by a long finish of Nutella, honey, tea chest, and espresso. Production of the initial wheat whiskey is limited to less than 2,500 bottles.
Frey Ranch Single-Grain Oat Whiskey distiller’s notes:
(50% ABV, $59 per 375ml bottle)
The oat grain for this expression was grown and harvested from the Ranch’s 14-acre field adjacent to the distillery. Drier on the palate, the Oat Whiskey offers a nose of oatmeal, earth, leather, and peanut brittle to complement a palate of dried apricot, nutmeg, peanut, dried peach, and peat. Production for the initial run is limited to less than 1,000 bottles.
Frey Ranch Distillery was founded in 2006 by Colby and Ashley Frey on the family’s 1,500-acre farm in Fallon, Nevada. The family’s history of farming in Northern Nevada dates back more than 150 years. To find out more, check out https://freyranch.com.
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