Deerhammer American Single Malt Whiskey

Deerhammer American Single Malt Whiskey

(0.75l, 46%)

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A Rocky Mountain Single Malt with a decidedly new American style.

Deerhammer was founded by Amy and Lenny Eckstein in 2010. They based their little high-country distillery in Buena Vista, Colorado — smack dab in the middle of some of the best ski resort in the world. They built the entire operation themselves from used dairy equipment. And they contracted an old-hand coper-making artisan who goes by the name "The Colonel" to fashion their custom, Scottish-style copper-pot still. They are a true grain-to-glass operation focused on the product and doing it right.

Deerhammer American Single Malt Whiskey is unique in a few meaningful ways. The first is that they use a combination of four local barley types in their malt. Then they use two different yeast strains to develop their signature flavor profile. It’s fermented in the open air for four to five days and double distilled in an old-school direct fire copper-pot still, and aged on-site in charred virgin oak for a minimum of two years. And this American-style Single Malt is bottled at a perfect 46% ABV because they care about us and want us to be happy.

Smartass Corner:
The term "Single Malt" does not mean a single type of barley. It means that the malted barley was distilled in a single distillery.
  • Category
  • Style
    American Single Malt Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
    2 Year Old

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Tennessee Whiskey closely parallels Bourbon, but final filtering through sugar-maple charcoal (called the Lincoln County Process) is what some producers say differentiates them. Tennessee Whiskey’s finish is sweeter and smoother than Bourbon.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Harvest Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is complex and lively with notes butterscotch with a full dose of wood spice, marmalade, charred wood, and anise.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is approachable but complex, with notes of vanilla cream and orange — a little like a 50/50 bar — with dashes of espresso, brown butter, cocoa, toasted oak, and menthol.

The finish is medium-to-long with a hint of herbs.
Ratings & Reviews
Still too young as the taste of the raw alcohol flavor still comes through too strong.
The label says it's aged for at least 2 years, which I take to mean that MOST of the stock is aged 2 years with some older barrels vatted with each batch to round it out. I'd like to try this at an older age statement, because I like what Deerhammer is doing but it needs more time to soften the edges. N: Nougat and chocolate on first sniff. A bit dusty. P: Sweet. Orange, coffee, cocoa, a bit of menthol. A bit harsh. F: More coffee, and an acetone aftertaste. There's a good beginning here but even a couple more years I think would help round this out.
Sweet and fruity with enough complexity to make you want to come back for more, without smashing you over the head with it. Buena Vista also happens to be one of my favorite stopovers on my way to ski-parts-west, so I will be sure to add this distillery to my visit list.
In my opinion the smell brought me back to my childhood days when my grandpa (now deceased) was cracking walnuts on Christmas Day. That smell is what I detected on the nose. Sweet, walnut, wood. Taste and finish were enjoyable. I tasted a slight black licorice (maybe anise), vanilla and oak for sure. It was not overly sweet, but a nice dark chocolate finish (or the aftertaste of chocolate covered espresso beans). This is not my go to style of whiskey. I prefer bourbon. BUT, This is definitely something I want to keep handy. So not only did it have a cool name and story, but it tasted great!
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