Pine Barrens Single Malt
American Single Malt
Long Island Spirits // New York, USA
Long Island Spirits distiller, Rich Stabile, collaborated with nearby Blue Point Brewery to create this whiskey, which is credited with being the first American single malt made on Long Island. It's distilled in small batches from the very hoppy Old Howling Bastard Beer. The idea is that every whiskey starts as beer, but why not distill one from something you'd already want to drink (if you like that sort of thing)? The whiskey is then matured in 10 gallon casks at 125 proof using water from the Pine Barrens Forest Preserve and aged for 2 months, then brought down to 95 proof and given an additional 10-12 months of aging.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
Cask Typenew charred oak
"The whiskey actually smells a lot like a beer, but tastes very light and aromatic. There are prominent notes of jasmine green tea coupled with honey, lemon peel, pears and fresh cut oak. The typical whiskey notes of vanilla and spices are very faint, almost non existent. Not sure if it's the knowledge of this having once been beer, but the finish somehow feels pleasantly fizzy as it goes down."