Driftless Glen Out Of Wisconsin Drifts Its Whiskies To Retail

Driftless Glen is one of the many craft whiskey makers in the United States currently in the process of getting product to market. Located around the hillsides of the Baraboo valley in Wisconsin, this region is also known as the Driftless Area of the Midwest because of the specific combination of temperature, water, soil, and weather. It is said by those behind this distillery to be a perfect area for making whiskey, and now the proof is in the bottle with the recent release of a range of core expressions.

This distillery bills itself as grain to glass in part because they locally source grains for their whiskeys before double distilling them on a 10,000 pound, 44 foot tall column still and a “one-of-a-kind pot still.” Taking a look across the product line, they currently offer two bourbons and two ryes. The bourbons first – one is a regular bourbon, bottled at 96 proof after being aged in a new American oak barrel, that has a tasting profile said to be “vanilla and caramel, with soft hints of charred oak.”

Driftless Glen

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The other bourbon is a straight single barrel variant, bottled at 96-99 proof after a minimum of two years of aging. Generally speaking these single barrel offerings sport a rich, amber color and a flavor profile that’s said to be “a delicate balance of vanilla, honey, and light spice, [that] then finishes with a hint of oak.”

With regards to the ryes, the regular rye expression is distilled from 75% rye that’s local to the Midwest and bottled at 96 proof. Also aged in a new American oak barrel like the bourbon, tasting notes for it suggest “a spicy complexity, with notes of vanilla and honey.” Joining it is a straight single barrel offering that’s aged a minimum of two years and bottled at 96-99 proof. It is said to have a “a deep amber color with the perfect balance of rye, spice, and cinnamon, [that] then finishes with a hint of oak.”

About the author

Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.

  • Renee Bemis

    Nino,
    Brian and I personally wanted to “Thank you” for the informative article on Driftless Glen. We are very proud of our distillery and the spirits we are producing, so thank you so much for getting our products out to your readers.

    Cheers,
    Renee Bemis
    Driftless Glen Distillery owner