J Carver Distillery’s New Trifecta Whiskey A Blend Of Three Malted Barleys

By Hannah Kanik / February 22, 2021

J Carver Distillery out of Minneota recently unveiled a limited release of its second cask strength single malt: Trifecta Whiskey. This whiskey is distilled from a trio of malted barleys and aged more than four years in three types of former J. Carver Distillery spirit barrels produced by three local cooperages.

“The last product planned when we began production in 2014, Trifecta is perhaps the finest example of our ‘Spirits of Discovery,’” Bill Miller, founder of J. Carver Distillery, said in a prepared statement. “The emerging market for craft distilleries in America is single malt whiskey, which is based exclusively on malted barley and produced on-site by a single distillery.”

. Carver Distillery Trifecta Cask Strength Whiskey

J. Carver Distillery Trifecta Cask Strength Whiskey (image via J. Carver)

This release comes after the company’s introduction of a cask strength single malt, Etiquette Whiskey, which earned positive reviews and found success in the market.

The Trifecta was developed in collaboration with BSG, a subsidiary of Rahr Malting based in Shakopee, Minnesota. The blend was aged in used J. Carver bourbon, rye and barrel gin barrels and is non-chill filtered.  It was bottled at a cask strength of 117.7 proof and is limited to just 500 bottles for the release. 

Coinciding with the introduction of Trifecta Whiskey, is the also coming to market of a new beer – Bad Weather Brewing’s Ominous Double Brown Ale, aged in J. Carver’s Trifecta barrels. 

“We’ve been aging different beers in various J. Carver barrels for over 3 years now at Bad Weather Brewing Company. So when we got the opportunity to use a special barrel like Trifecta we couldn’t pass it up. The timing was perfect as our winter seasonal Ominous was already aging in the tank when these barrels became available. Ominous is a Double Brown Ale that has similar characteristics to Trifecta that meld really well together,” stated Andy Ruhland Head Brewer with Bad Weather Brewing.

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Official tasting notes for the whiskey are as follows.

  • Aroma: sweet nose, dark chocolate, espresso and dried dark fruits
  • Mouth-feel: smooth, rich and soft
  • Flavor: balance of sweetness and spice, with flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, spice, hazelnut, dried bitter orange peel, apricot, dark toffee, caramel, cereal, nougat and vanilla.
  • Finish: long, smooth, and silky finish