Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky Another Disaster Survivor

Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky Another Disaster Survivor

By Nino Marchetti / August 25, 2015

Spirit Hound Straight Malt WhiskyIs whiskey more interesting to you to buy if it is tied somehow to a story involving the destructive forces of nature? We’ve seen this theme play out already with the fire-survived Hudson Double Charred Whiskey and the tornado dodging E.H. Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Tornado Surviving bourbon. Now comes an American single malt whiskey which weathered horrific floods in Colorado, courtesy of Spirit Hound Distillers.

The new Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky, as the story goes from the distillery, survived flooding which put the facility under three feet of water. The whisky in question was drawn from five 53 gallon oak barrels which had been filled prior to the September 2013 disaster which did severe damage to Spirit Hound’s home town as well as other parts of Colorado.

“I was worried this whole thing might go down the drain,” said Spirit Hound head distiller and co-founder Craig Engelhorn in a statement. “To finally be releasing this whisky and have it turn out so well, it’s very satisfying for us.”

What’s resulted in bottle was distilled “on two handmade, built-from-scratch stills (including a Scottish pot-style still) designed by Engelhorn and constructed by Engelhorn and his partners.” Its all-malt recipe is drawn from “Colorado-grown malted barley and a dash of peat-smoked malted barley,” and the whiskey was aged for over two years before being bottled at 90 proof.

Limited official tasting notes suggest Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky “features aromas of oak and toffee, flavors of caramel, turbinado sugar and light smoke, and a silky body.” Bottles of it, pricing around $65 each according to the Denver Post, are available directly from the distillery in limited numbers.