This straight rye whiskey was aged in new handmade charred oak barrels. With traditional barrel making, the cooper heats the staves over a fire of oak chips, which allows them to bend and form into the barrel. During this charring process, the inner part of the barrel becomes slightly toasted.
In the early 19th century, coopers were learning that if they allowed the heat to perpetually, burn, the inside of the barrel would burst into flames and become charred. This is the traditional manner in which handmade oak barrels-charred impart rich tones and unique characteristics to the final spirit.
Crafted from a mash bill of 100% malted rye. Old Potrero is bottled at 97 proof (48.5% ABV) with no age statement. This single malt has playful notes of citrus, cinnamon, and sweet candied notes.
Appearance: Dark gold.
Nose: Like you walked into a candy store, but a good one. Twizzlers—especially the pull & peel kind—red hots, red foil-covered chocolate cherries. Also orange peel, and then a note of spruce. It’s complex and delightful.
Palate: Red hot candies, cinnamon, and cherry give way to a smooth, nutty finish. There is lingering heat, but no burn. A little piney, menthol but it all somehow works very, very well.