Another boutique white dog. Bottled in Charleston. "95% grain neutral spirits, 5% spirits from corn, rye & barley".
"After Prohibition, there was very little aged whiskey available so they would take un-aged product and mix it with bourbon to create more inventory. This was called Spirit Whiskey. This class of whiskey went basically unused until the recent renaissance in craft and artisan distilling," said Jim Chasteen, cofounder of the new label.
Adding to that, cofounder Charlie Thompson told us, “We take an un-aged whiskey and filter it using an innovative process that produces a spirit that is essentially like a high quality vodka with the distinctive nose and finish of a whiskey. American Spirit Whiskey is a new and distinctive base spirit to be used in the fresh-ingredient cocktails popular with sophisticated bartenders."
This 80 proof refined type of “white dog” has personality but isn’t overpowering. “We settled on the Spirit Whiskey concept and then began to experiment with a filtration process that no one else is using. We can take out the impurities (that contribute to hangovers) and make the rough edges smooth. ASW is essentially aged without spending time in a barrel," said Charlie.
In the coming months American Spirit Whiskey will roll out first in Atlanta, Athens, and Charleston (where they make it) and then across the South and nationwide.