Received this email offer today from Pearson's, a DC liquor store:
GIFT IDEA OF THE CENTURY
OWN YOUR OWN
BARREL OF WHISKY
DO IT YOURSELF
MALT WHISKY AGING KIT
DISTILLER RICK WASMUND
AT PEARSON'S WEDNESDAY DEC 17
Two hours down the road in Sperryville, Virginia . . . somewhere out Rte 211 between Front Royal, Culpepper & Warrenton. . . Rick Wasmund is producing minute quantities of Single Malt Whisky . . . just like they do in in Scotland . . . with a few minor exceptions.
Made from local Thoroughbred barley from his own private grower . . . he malts it in small batches . . . in Scotland they call it "floor malting."
But when the batch is ready to dry, Rick uses no peat. Instead he uses the smoke from an apple, cherry and oak wood fire that he keeps at a slow burn . . . milled with hot water into a sweet smoky mash . . . then distilled in his double pot still.
Rick's final aging and toasting process is secret . . . patent pending, of course . . . involving highly aromatic strains of apple, cherry and oak wood.
August 2006: "Thank you, Steve. You're my first sale," Rick sighed (jubulently) the day he completed his ABC paperwork.
Rick's been at it for more than two years now. Pearson's was the first to carry the stuff (Batch #1). He sells his unique Malt in more than ten states now and he is up to Batch #24.
On Wednesday, December 15 Rick will be at Pearson's to show us the neatest new gift idea of the century . . .
WASMUND'S OWN "AGE IT YOURSELF" BARREL OF WHISKY
It's very simple . . . here's how it works.
You buy Wasmund's CLEAR, UNAGED Virginia Single Malt and a custom made 5 liter oak barrel. You fill the barrel with the CLEAR, UNAGED whiskey. You let it age for four months or so til it gets nice and smooth, bronze and creamy. You sip it for a while and then you age some more.
In Rick's words: "The 5 liter barrels hold 6 750 ml's of spirit. The spirit is 123 proof, which is just about the industry standard for barrel aging proof. Because of the vastly increased ration of charred oak surface area to whisky volume, these barrels work very quickly. Our experiment at 4 months is great."
Wednesday Night, December 17, between 5 and 8 pm
Distiller Rick Wasmund will be here to sample
his own Virginia Single Malt Whisky . . .
Wasmund's Red Top Malt Whisky . . . $34.99 Wasmund's Silver Top Malt Whisky . . . $44.99 Wasmund's Malt Whisky Aging Kit . . . $170.00
6 bottles of Wasmund's Single Malt unaged whisky and one 5 Liter Aging Barrel
quantities are limited PEARSON'S WINE & LIQUOR
2436 Wisconsin Avenue NW
There is no charge for the tasting . . . however we must be prepared.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to