A pure corn bourbon made from blending new and aged Floriani red flint corn whiskeys.

Tasting notes: nougat, spiced corn bread, toasted spices, orange peel, iced tea lemonade, and taffy.

50% ABV /100 proof. 750ml volume.
Must be 21 or older to purchase.

We can only ship to addresses in Arizona, California and New York

Pre-order now for delivery in April 2021

BUNDLE DISCOUNT:

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

The Story

The 2020 fire season in California has been particularly bad for agriculture. Running a pre-sale on this bourbon for a 2021 delivery allows us to buy more grain now, directly benefitting the impacted farmers.

This bourbon is a blend of two expressions from the same corn, and two different ages which leads to a deliciously complex spirit. Unlike any other American whiskey on the market, this bourbon is all about the base ingredients, not just the oak barrel.

It starts with the last of the prior batch of Floriani Red Flint Corn Whiskey, blended into a fresh new distillation from the same grain, alongside heirloom rye (Gazelle variety from Dark Sky Organic Farm in northern CA), and malted heirloom barley (grown in Capay CA, floor-malted in the Bay).

This will result in a beautifully layered solera-style whiskey with notes of both wildly fresh (think: lemons) and richly developed (think: lemon pie complete with delicious pie crust) flavors.

Building this bourbon allows us to support our farmers who are in more need than ever with the lack of rain and the extreme fires, while “seasoning” the fresh juice with more mature juice to experience the best of both worlds.

Both distillations are from Floriani red flint corn, a rare ancient type of corn. It has distinctly nutty and deeply savory flavors not found in regular sweet corn, leading to a sophisticated flavor profile in the final product.

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.

The Floriani corn used for both distillations 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 1980's that was abused for decades and regenerated it by focusing on the complexities of soil microbes, 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 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 industrial agriculture. “

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

The first portion of the blend has been aging in a used 53 gallon American oak cask made by Kelvin, the best cooperage in the USA. The new portion which we will be distilling fresh will be blended with the older distillate and finished in the same type of casks. Kelvin Cooperage hand make casks from 3-year air dried staves and slowly toasts them (as opposed to the commercial flash ch1arring) before hand crafting gorgeous casks that we will use forever.

This is a pre-order, with delivery expected in approximately six months (around April 2021).

How to Drink & The Details

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

  • Cask strength - 50% ABV
  • Three grain mash: heirloom rye (Gazelle variety from Dark Sky Organic Farm in northern CA), malted heirloom barley (grown in Capay CA, laboriously and deliciously floor-malted in the Bay), ultra rare Floriani red corn
  • Clean-distilled, very tight cuts for best flavor
  • Excellent on the rocks or neat
  • 100% Recycled glass bottle made in USA
  • Linen label
  • Copper Pot distilled in California
  • Ships around April 2021
  • BUNDLE DISCOUNT: Add to cart with the Modern Ancient Floriani Red Flint Corn Whiskeyto get both for $360 - an $80 savings