Whiskey season is upon us. Those who know me know that I’m a big fan of brown spirits – the warmth, the history, the cocktails. With that in mind, I thought it would be nice to introduce you to our whiskey trio and a few of their friends.
A 100 proof whiskey made from equal parts corn and rye. With its high rye content and strong presence, this overproof whiskey shines in classic cocktails like the Sazerac, Manhattan, and Boulevardier. Aged in our used bourbon barrels, it is grain forward with a light graham cracker and honey sweetness.
SILO’s take on “America’s Native Spirit” offers a bourbon comprised of 70% corn and 30% rye. By law, bourbon has to be at least 51% corn, aged in first use white oak barrels, and must be placed in those barrels at no greater than 125 proof (62.5% ABV). It must be produced in the United States and, like all whiskeys, must be distilled below 160 proof and bottled above 80 proof.
SILO Bourbon offers notes of rye, vanilla, plum and cherry. Currently aged in 10 gallon barrels from Black Swan Cooperage in Minnesota, we are excited to accounce a shift to 30 gallon barrels produced here in Vermont by Green Mountain Grain % Barrel.
The newest edition to our whiskey family, SILO Maple combines the warmth of a high rye whiskey with the sweetness of local maple syrup from Sugar Moon Hill Farm in Woodstock, VT. A welcome addition to the classic Manhattan and Old Fashioned, SILO Maple also shines amidst holiday classics such as mulled cider and eggnog.
Aisling, pronounced ASH-LING, is a Gaelic word meaning “dream” or “vision”. A limited release, we aged a 100% wheat whiskey with local charred ash wood. The result, a delightfully light and accessible sipping whiskey with notes of toasted almond, marshmallow, and honey, appeals to entry level whiskey drinkers and connoisseurs alike. In particular, Aisling reminds me of an Irish style pot still whiskey.
Finally, I’d like you to meet SILO SINGLE MALT, coming soon to a distillery near you. Slated for a July 2018 release, our limited release Single Malt whiskey is distilled from barley grown and malted by Vermont’s own Peterson Quality Malts. Half malted barley and half Applewood-smoked malted barley, it is shaping up to be a really fun spirit reminiscent of lightly smoked Scotch.
Whether you are just getting into whiskeys or have a collection to rival the best of them, I hope that you can find something at SILO to wet your whistle. Winter is coming, and few things are better than a nice, warming dram of your favorite dark spirit.
Chris, Head Distiller