Tatoosh // Washington, USA
Tatoosh Distillery was founded in 2009 by longtime friends, Troy Turner and Mark Simon, in Seattle, Washington. Both had whiskey loving great-grandfathers -- Troy's was a moonshiner during Prohibition and Mark's sold bottles of Jack west of the Mississippi. Through this, they were inspired to produce craft spirits that highlight ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Tatoosh Rye is distilled from local rye grains (about 70% rye and 30% corn), mashed and fermented before going through copper pot stills. It ages for an undisclosed period of time in new American oak barrels with a #4 char. Bottled at 43% ABV.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Tatoosh distills a brash, spicy rye, which takes on caramel and vanilla sweetness from its time in heavily charred oak barrels. The finish lingers long and enjoyably. At a higher proof it might be too much to handle, but at 43% abv it's in the range for imbibing neat or over ice. "