Rogue Ales & Spirits out of Oregon has been producing whiskey for some years now, a number of which we’ve reviewed as they’ve come out. Its spirits program these days is helmed by head distiller Jake Holshue, and it is under his watchful eye that a new series of one off whiskeys has been announced.
The new Rogue Spirits Single Barrel Project, according to those behind it, is a limited-series of one-off single barrels of Rogue whiskey that have been finished in unique ways. It is said four whiskeys will be released yearly, with the first that’s out now being “a 6.5-year-old Rogue Single Malt Whiskey finished in Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels from Washington. Barrel Two will be released in January 2021 and is an eight-year-old Oregon Rye Malt Whiskey finished in a second use Zinfandel barrel and Barrel Three, released in March 2021, is Oregon Single Malt Whiskey finished in a Rogue Rolling Thunder Barrel Works Cherry Wood barrel. Barrel Four will be released later in 2021.”
“After opening our Rolling Thunder Barrel Works cooperage in 2015,” said Holshue in a prepared statement, “we became fascinated with exploring the impact that different types of wood impressed on the flavor, aroma and taste of our whiskeys. We created Single Barrel Project as our way to explore that curiosity through finishing Rogue whiskey in unique barrels and uncommon wood varietals, oftentimes in a non-replicable way, and always one barrel at a time.”
“At Rogue, we are always looking for new ways to create and innovate,” added Steve Garrett, Vice President of Business Development. “We like to push the boundaries and see what we can come up with. This mentality pushed us to experiment with different woods from our backyard in the Pacific Northwest and our very own cooperage.
“By doing so, we were able to create something special with the Single Barrel Project and are excited to share these one-of-a-kind whiskeys with our fans.”
As it stands right now the first release is for Oregon only, being bottled at 96 proof and pricing around $80 per 750 ml bottle.
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