Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dry Fly Distillery from Spokane Washington

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The American Distilling Institute ( ADI ) announces " Dry Fly Distilling is Distillery of the Year "
"Dry Fly Distilling is a craft distillery in Spokane, Washington. They produce craft-distilled vodka, gin and whiskey using only locally grown grains and botanicals. Their still, manufactured in Goppingen, Germany, is a Christian Carl pot still with multiple rectification columns. It has a 450-liter capacity and they expect an annual output of approximately 3,500 cases of 12/750 ML bottles.  Dry Fly is owned and operated by Don Poffenroth and Kent Fleischmann. Prior to starting Dry Fly, Don and Kent studied with Kris Berglund at Michigan State University and trained in distillery operation with Alexander Plank and Nick Haase of Christian Carl Distilleries in Germany."

Dry Fly Vodka....$29.99 / 750ml
Crystal clear. Once the appearance is considered, it holds absolutely no resemblance to a classic Vodka and we mean this in very positive sense. It’s amazingly fruity ( apples & berry ) with strong accents of cream soda and hints of cocoa. The palate delivers the same while being amazingly lush with a silky texture that extends the flavors for minutes. This attractive drink has perhaps launched a new spirits category.
****/ EXCEPTIONAL !!!!
- Beverage Experts

Voted # 1 BEST VODKA
DOUBLE GOLD - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009

Spirit Journal Rating 2008: Highly Reccomennded

Notes: This Vodka is microdistilled in small batches from locally sourced wheat in Washington State. It is both pot, and then column distilled and fresh mountain water is used to cut to 80 proof.As this is a wheat vodka, my thoughts were this could go either way- many wheat vodkas seem to me to be harsh and smell like rubbing alcohol (not nearly as charming as a rye). Others can be floral, peppery and full of good smell. This vodka was thankfully one of the latter.

Taste: Buttery body to it, almost fatty (and I mean that in a good way - it is not some cheap, thin, spirit). Much more vanilla, smooth, charming and the vanilla starts to dry and linger nicely on the tongue while other floral and light citrus aromatics continue.

Dry Fly Gin....$29.99 / 750ml
List of botanicals used to create the gin:
Juniper, Fuji Apple, Coriander, Lavender, Mint, Hops

All the ingredients come from local, sustainable farms around Washington State.
Everything they make is from scratch... “from farm to bottle”

This is a different style of gin from the much more common London Dry style. It is made in by a small company in Spokane, Washington which uses one of the more unique blends of botanicals for gin I have heard of, and trust me that is saying a lot ! They start out with their excellent vodka as a base and then use a blend of the usual suspects of juniper and coriander, with lavender (I've seen that before in a couple), along with mint, dried Fuji apples, and hops - which is something no else we know of has attempted.

"This is a top notch gin - better than some that cost a good bit more and is cheaper than many in the premium category. Different enough that even gin haters will like it and just familiar enough for gin lovers to embrace it as a new beginning in gin adventures.
- Spirits Review

"A rising star on the new American Gin frontier. ~ **** / EXCEPTIONAL !!!! "
- Beverage Experts

Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey ....$39.99 / 750ml

Distilled in a Christian Carl pot still to 120 proof (60% alcohol by volume), this whiskey then spent 18 months in new American oak casks. Both runs of approximately 1500 bottles were cut to 80 proof (40% abv) and hand bottled.

At first appearance, this whiskey shines bright like a freshly polished copper penny. On the nose, it was slightly spicy and a bit hotter than I expected a whiskey at 80 proof to be. After a bit of time, the nose revealed big caramel tones, with hints of butterscotch pudding, tangerines, almonds, tupelo honey and hay.
On the palate, neat this whiskey was very soft, almost like a baby's blanket caressing my tongue, with freshly baked orange scones, cinnamon toast, white pepper and peppermint notes. When I added a splash of water, this whiskey became even softer, with ripe peaches, spice cake, Juicy Fruit gum and grassy notes.
The whiskey had a finish of 25 to 30 seconds, taken neat the finish was heavy on cinnamon, caramel and spice notes while with water this whiskey slowly disappeared with teasers of caramel, nectarines, peaches and mint. My only criticism of this whiskey is that I'm curious to see what this would taste like at a higher proof. I think that if this was 90 or 100 proof versus the current 80 proof it would probably get my top recommendation rating.
With this whiskey and their award-winning gin and vodka, Dry Fly has established itself as one of the premier American artisan distillers and established conclusively that great distilled spirits are here to stay in Spokane Washington.
Highly Recommended.
-, cocktails

The Spirits Review:
"A completely different whiskey from the usual even from many microdistilleries these days. Made from 100% locally sourced Washington Wheat (rather than the many attempts at corn whiskey or bourbon) and using the "farm to bottle" green/environmental approach working with local people and resources. Using a small (450 liter) Christian Karl Copper pot still."

Appearance: Amber gold color, very clear. Darker than a four year-old bourbon. Thin edge line on the glass when you swirl it, smooth layer of whiskey on swirling.

First Impression: Nice toasty char oak smells paired with a sweet wheat mash- somewhat toffee flavored.

Taste: Sweet, smooth start, almost fatty (in a good way) mouthfeel, biscuits yeast, bread type notes great full on grain mash notes at midpoint and a nice full with a nice drying finish of oak and pepper. Finish is long,smooth and leaves you hungering for another one.

Drinks: No known drinks specifically for this whiskey as now one has really made anything similar in the US. The Old Fashioned was very nice in a clean, spare minamalist way, the Manhattans (both dry and perfect) were also very good if a touch hot. I think it would also make for some outstanding gourmet food pairings also, especially game or seafood.

Cigars: Something mild so as not to lose the nuances. Small natural wrapper cigar.

Final Thoughts: Really quite charming in a understated way. Could be compared to some Genevers of European (non-Scotch) whiskies. Damn cheap if compared almost all microdistilled whiskey of any age. Especially something aged two years or more.

Bottle: Distinctive, short cylindrical bright clear glass with sharp shoulders,
shows the whiskey to excellent effect. Simple eye catching graphics silk screened or printed directly onto the glass of a dry fly fly fishing lure. Nice heft to the bottle and a good grade of clear glass with nice decanter base so it is solid and hard to knock over. Nicely done graphics on the paper band/label. Cork with wooden top makes for decorative but easy opening.

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