New Espresso Barrel American Whiskey Definitely Not Folgers In Your Cup

By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / February 13, 2014

1321There are craft whiskey experiments, and then there are craft whiskey experiments. This really, really seems to be the case of the moment at tiny Mosswood Distillers on Treasure Island near San Francisco, California, which is out with what looks to be a new barrel aged bourbon influenced by locally roasted coffee.

Dubbed Mosswood Espresso Barrel Aged American Whiskey, what we have here is sourced Tennessee bourbon that was then further “aged in a barrel seasoned with locally roasted coffee.” There’s no age statement to the final product, but Mosswood is at least forthcoming in saying its whiskies “are sourced from other distilleries, brought back to our facility to be aged and blended in order to create new and unique flavor profiles.”

As for the flavor profile of this offering, it is said to have “subtle notes of baker’s chocolate, nuttiness, bright red fruit and, of course, coffee [that] spring from the glass.”

This new whiskey producer, which is looking to eventually have its own fully functioning distillery, is a small, two person operation on what was once a mostly naval air station out in the middle of San Francisco Bay. There are a variety of things happening on that piece of reclaimed land now, including a growing craft liquor scene apparently, so it seems a fitting locale for a place of experimentation along the lines of what Mosswood is tinkering with.

Mosswood Espresso Barrel Aged American Whiskey can be found at stores around San Francisco as well as online. Hanging out at 46% ABV, this bourbon looks to be pricing around $44 per 750 ml bottle.