There is much to be excited about when it comes to whiskey and distilling both locally here in St. Louis and all across Missouri. My recent visit to The Craft Spirits Conference and Expo 2022 last month showed me that the craft distilling community is breaking out, and creating some very strong and creative spirits that will speak to the traditionalist as well as the adventure seeker.
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New Withered Oak
When Withered Oak launched in October of 2021 with a 5-year single barrel bourbon and rye, I was just two hours late and missed both bottles. This year, I don’t plan on making the same mistake again, as another limited release of the 2022 5-Year Bourbon Whiskey and 5-Year Straight Rye Whiskey is set to be released on Friday, November 18. A limited allotment of Withered Oak 5-Year Straight Bourbon and Rye bottles will be available for purchase at 4 Hands Brewing Co’s Tasting Room (1220 S. 8th St.) on Friday, November 18th beginning at 4 p.m., along with a release party. The event will feature Withered Oak cocktails from STL Barkeep, live music, and more. For more information on the release party and to RSVP, visit Withered Oak’s event page here.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the community’s response to Withered Oak over the last year,” says Kevin Lemp, CEO and President of Withered Oak, 1220 Spirits and 4 Hands Brewing Co. “Our goal has been to build a thoughtful and innovative line of craft aged spirits, and our 2022 5-Year Bourbon and Rye Whiskey releases are a result of that effort. We can’t wait for the spirits to be in the hands of our passionate community.”
Both spirits are single, barrel and cask strength at 118 proof. Aged for five years in Missouri white oak barrels and meant to be sipped neat, Withered Oak’s 5-Year Bourbon Whiskey ($69) has subtle notes of dark stone fruits that brings a brightness and balances the traditional flavors of toffee, vanilla and cinnamon; Withered Oak’s 5-year Straight Rye Whiskey ($69) has a clean rye profile backed up by notes of honey, toffee, cinnamon and white oak.
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