Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey

Hotaling & Co. Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey

(0.75l, 51.2%)


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A sweeter, smoother Whiskey made from malted grain.

Anchor Distillery is one of the very first small, craft brewing and distilling houses… ever. The original Anchor Brewery was founded way back in 1896 in San Francisco. It survived the famous earthquake, the Prohibition era, and several ownership changes. But in 1965 it needed saving once again. Fritz Maytag—3rd generation entrepreneur—stepped up. He re-marketed their iconic Anchor Steam beer and is credited with launching the micro-brewery revolution.

Fritz did not stop there. In 1993 he launched a new arm of the business, Anchor Distillery. Well, Fritz sold the business, and then that business sold off the beer business to Sapporo and — somewhat accidentally — lost the naming rights to “Anchor.” Barry Bros & Rudd increased their stake in the business and renamed it after the legendary original Anchor guy — AP Hotaling.

Back when “Anchor” was Anchor, they released a special expression Rye Whiskey to commemorate the hill in San Francisco where their distillery is located. Old Portrero 18th Century Style Whiskey is the continuation of that Spirit under the new name. It’s a Single Malt. But while we Whiskey-lovers are hard-wired to instantly think of barley, Single Malt doesn’t “have” to be barley at all. This is a single malt Whiskey and — if you think about it — malting rye makes a ton of sense. Rye-based whiskies are generally spicy and herbal and malting makes the mash smoother and sweeter. So Old Portrero 18th Century Style has all the flavor of a rye, but more.

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Hotaling & Co renamed the business after AP Hotaling — a Spirits dealer in San Francisco during the 1800s who is famous for his Whiskey and for his warehouses surviving the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
  • Category
  • Style
    Rye Spirit
  • Region
    San Francisco
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    51.2%
  • Distillery
    Hotaling & Co.

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

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grain
pecan
toffee
coffee
oak
butter
pepper
woody
rye
What does Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Rye Whiskey is made from mash that is at least 51 percent rye. The grain gives Rye Whiskey its spicy, sometimes peppery, and bitter flavor. It was a big seller before Prohibition, and after decades in obscurity, it’s fashionable again. Fun fact: George Washington distilled Rye Whiskey at Mount Vernon.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Medium Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Toasted grains and pecans

Flavor / Taste / Pallet
Toffee, warm butter, and coffee, with a little wood and camphor

Finish
Long, with pepper and oak
Ratings & Reviews
Matt
Matt,
I first tried Old Potrero a few years back because I was intrigued by the local Anchor angle. My wife bought it again recently—the branding has changed, but the taste is the same delightful goodness.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
If you really like cinnamon or red hot candies then this is the bottle for you. Not really my preference.
 
Paul
Paul,
Best rye I’ve had so far!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Really like this a lot. Flavor spiral was spot on for me. The nutty pecan flavors come through in the nose with a taste of sweet butterscotch graininess. The finish is slight spice with oak and vanilla and a moderate burn that might improve with a bit more aging, though overall very very enjoyable
 
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