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Redwood Empire Debuts Some Cask Strength Expressions

Redwood Empire Whiskey out of California recently debuted some cask strength variants of whiskeys in its portfolio.

The new limited editions of Cask Strength Pipe Dream Bourbon Whiskey, Cask Strength Emerald Giant Rye Whiskey and Cask Strength Lost Monarch Blend of Rye and Bourbon Whiskey, according to those behind them, are bottled straight from the barrel, uncut and unfiltered with proofs ranging from 116.4 to 117.2. Interestingly, the brand notes “this proof is lower than many other cask strength offerings, because of the time spent aging in the temperate climate in California’s fog belt which stretches from the San Francisco Bay to the Oregon border.”

“We are extremely proud of the craft and complexity that our Cask Strength showcases,” said Master Distiller Jeff Duckhorn in a prepared statement. “Experiencing Redwood Empire straight from the barrel is the preferred way I enjoy our whiskeys!”

Redwood Empire Whiskey Cask Strength
Redwood Empire Whiskey out of California recently debuted some cask strength variants of whiskeys in its portfolio. (image via Redwood Empire Whiskey)

Best enjoyed neat or on a large rock, the three expressions of Redwood Empire Whiskey’s Cask Strength collection is now available nationwide in limited quantities with a suggested retail price of $70 for a 750mL bottle. Official tasting notes for each are below.

Redwood Empire Whiskey, Cask Strength, Pipe Dream Bourbon Whiskey

Mash bill of 74% corn, 20% raw rye, 4.5% malt barley, and 1.5% wheat

This bourbon is aged for a minimum of four years with components up to twelve-years-old. Aged exclusively in 53-gallon barrels with Level 3 Char, this bourbon clocks in at 116.8 proof. Overall aromas include fresh roasted coffee beans, vanilla, corn husk and walnut. The palate opens into cedar, peach nectar, and mocha with salty character accents of cherrywood and leather. Subtle hints of honey pears and sweet tobacco flavor linger. Cask Strength Pipe Dream gets its name from the 14th tallest tree in the world.

Redwood Empire Whiskey, Cask Strength, Lost Monarch, Blend of Straight Whiskeys

Rye mash bill: 94% rye, 5% malted barley, 1% wheat, Bourbon mash bill: 74% corn, 20% raw rye, 4.5% malted barley, 1.5% wheat

A 55% rye and 45% straight bourbon blend, aged for a minimum of three years with components up to fourteen-years-old.  Components age separately in 53-gallon barrels with Level 3 Char, this “Ryebon” hits 117.2 proof. There are aromas of nutmeg, sun-kissed baked pears and holiday spices complimented with notes of spearmint, black pepper, and apricot on the palate. Cask Strength Lost Monarch gets its name from the world’s largest coastal redwood.

Redwood Empire Whiskey, Cask Strength, Emerald Giant Rye

Mash Bill of 94% rye, 5% malted barley, 1% wheat

A rye whiskey blend of four-to six-year-old components. This rye is aged for a minimum of four years with components up to six-years-old.  Aged exclusively in 53-gallon barrels with Level 3 Char, this Rye is 116.4 proof. This release features a 3-grain mash bill that has aromas of orange peel, maple and soft cinnamon. There is cracked pepper, pecan and espresso on the palate. Cask Strength Emerald Giant gets its name from the fastest growing redwood in the world.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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