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Defiantly not defined by the the confines of a barrel.
If you happen upon a moniker like Defiant, you can bet your bottom dollar that you're in for a rebellious treat. And this distillery has chosen a formidable foe to defy: the barrels. Sure, it might sound like a strange adversary to pick, but we’re not complaining here. Their proprietary aging process is the real show stealer — instead of the traditional oak barrel route, they store their precious liquid in steel tanks with toasted oak spirals. Their distillery also sits atop a coveted aquifer in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, where the water is as pure as it gets, giving them a clear natural advantage in the distilling game.
The Defiant team isn't afraid to roll the dice, so it's no surprise that they decided to take on the daunting task of perfecting a 100% Rye Spirit. Rye is one fickle grain, but they didn’t even bat an eyelid — they fearlessly tackled the finicky ingredient and came out with an edgy, bold, and award stealing 92-proof Spirit. Using only the finest ingredients, including pure mountain spring water, specially cultivated yeast, malted rye, and toasted American white oak, they've created a rich, spicy, and velvety amber liquid with mesmerizing notes of honey, vanilla, caramel, and tannins.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Pepper, oak, vanilla, and caramel.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Rich and spicy, with tinges of honey, vanilla, caramel, and tannins.
Long, with honey and spice.