I had the pleasure of attending Whisky Live LA a couple weeks ago at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and there were some absolutely fantastic bourbons and ryes available for tasting...I got to meet Dave Pickerell, as well as all the High West guys, severeal Heaven Hill distillers, Yuri Kato from Whistling Pig, The Four Roses folks (Goodbye Mariage, hello "Limited Edition") and most exciting of all, the Anchor Distilling group (of Anchor Steam brewing in San Francisco)....and boy, ever since, all I want to drink is Anchor's Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey and their 19th Century single malt Rye....have any of you had the pleasure of trying Anchor's booze?
It's completely unlike any other rye I've ever had, it smells like bread, and has the nicest finish of any booze I know of........if you can pick up a bottle or two from Drink Up Ny, I'd greatly encourage you to do so...as they are the FIRST boutique micro distillery in the US, they actually distill their rye in a very small corner of the same floor space where Anchor brews their famous Anchor Steam beer!
This stuff is super hard to get your hands on, as they only make about 3000 bottles/year, but if you hunt hard enough, you might be able to find it. I love both the 18th century, it's a blend of 2 and 3 year old straight rye that was made in lightly toasted, but NOT CHARRED barrels, and it's a burly 129.6 proof.....so cowboy up. The 19th single malt rye is a bit older, is made in charred barrels and t iis a gorgeous red color, comes in at 90 proof.....it's amazing how differently they turned out, when I am pretty sure they both start life as the same mash bill......
Old Potrero, I love ya!