A pure corn whiskey made from Floriani red flint corn, regeneratively grown in Capay County, CA and aged in seasoned oak casks.

Tasting notes: Nougat, lemon cream, toasted spices, sake, and violets.

Cask-strength 60% ABV /120 proof. 750ml volume.
Must be 21 or older to purchase.
We can only ship to addresses in Arizona, California and New York

Ships before December 15

BUNDLE DISCOUNT:

Add this and the Modern Ancient Floriani Red Flint Corn Bourbon to your cart to get both for $360 - an $80 savings

THE STORY

When people talk about “rare whiskeys”, the conversation is mostly about whiskeys from defunct distilleries or from artificial constraints. The Floriani Heirloom Corn Whiskey is the absolute opposite. This whiskey is limited in production at the very front of the supply chain, the corn.

Red (and other colorful corns) are not decorative. Colors are flavors and nutrients, and that flows through into the final product. Conventional corn distillate has dozens of flavor compounds at best; this distillate has hundreds. Again, this starts at the base plant. An industrial input will have industrial flavors, and need to be manipulated via aging in oak to add flavor; start with an heirloom plant, and you have massive diversity of flavor from the get-go.

Floriani is a type of Flint corn which is an extremely rare type of ancient corn, and has distinctly nutty and deeply savory flavors not tasted in regular sweet corn. This translates extremely well to a distillate, that depth opens up year after year even in the bottle. An industrial grain distillate bottled at 47% ABV won’t age in the bottle; however this whiskey will evolve.

This batch of Floriani corn has been grown with no sprays and minimal irrigation by regenerative farmer Fritz Durst in Capay County, California. He took over a farm in the 80s that was abused for decades and regenerated it by focusing on the soil, compost, and egalitarian ethics in general.

From Fritz:

“I used to just look at the plant itself and ask, ‘What does a plant need to grow?’ Today I look at many different things. I look at myself, my family, my employees. My number one focus today besides employees is my soil. If I give to my soil, my soil will give back to me”

Rob Easter, our partner, notes:

“When I am distilling these dense grains, I notice vast changes throughout the distillation because ethanol is slowly grabbing various flavor compounds and vaporizing with them up into the condenser which eventually lands in cask and glass. Those compounds have been weeded out by the industrial honing down which focuses on starch/sugar only, those extra nutrients, anthocyanins, and proteins are of no use to profit-based industrial agriculture.“

The mash starts with a coarse milling for a long ferment, then is dumped by hand and loaded into mash tun by hand. It’s fermented dry at around 9% ABV after eleven days (cold weather makes for a longer ferment).

This has been aging in a used 53 gallon American oak cask made by the best cooperage in the USA, Kelvin, which hand makes cask from 3-year air dried staves and slowly toasts them (as opposed to the commercial flash charring) before hand crafting gorgeous casks that we will use forever.

This is a pre-order. We expect to receive the bottles into our fulfillment center within 2 weeks.

How to Drink & The Details

How to drink: This is such an expressive pure whiskey that it is best enjoyed neat, over ice, or with a small amount of cool water.

  • Aged 12 months in seasoned oak cask
  • Cask strength - 60% ABV
  • 100% "Floriani" Copper/Red corn
  • Clean-distilled
  • Excellent on the rocks or neat
  • Recycled glass bottle made in USA
  • Linen label
  • Floor malted in the Bay area
  • Copper Pot distilled in California
  • Ships in approximately two weeks
  • BUNDLE DISCOUNT: Add to cart with the Modern Ancient Floriani Red Flint Corn Bourbon to get both for $360 - an $80 savings

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