Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Widow Jane Distillery - New York

Widow Jane Distillery - New York

To build a great city, you start with the toughest foundation known. New York City did just that with the natural cement made from limestone found in Rosendale, NY.

The greatest structures in New York from the gargantuan caissons that allowed the Brooklyn Bridge to soar, to the Statue of Liberty’s 27,000 ton pedestal, to the Empire State Building itself are all held fast and strong by that Rosendale stone.

In 1970, the last Rosendale limestone mine closed down. Its owner, A.J. Snyder, was as tough as the material he quarried and was known as a cruel boss and an even crueler husband.

On the other hand his wife Jane was a beacon in the Rosendale community and beloved by all for her kindness and pure spirit. Hence when Snyder passed, the Rosendale Limestone Mine became known to all as the Widow Jane Mine.

It turns out that tough stone not only can hold a city together, but its unique properties are essential for the creation of great whiskey.

The fact that Kentucky is the epicenter of American whiskey production is due to the special properties of its limestone filtered water and the minerals it contains. Well, Rosendale Limestone possesses an even higher ratio of beneficial minerals than that found in Kentucky and its sparkling waters are as pure as its namesake, the Widow Jane.

The pure, unique waters of the Widow Jane Mine are what distill our artisan spirits in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Widow Jane Whiskey is a true New York City whiskey, evocative of both the rock that created the foundation for this city of skyscrapers and the forward looking, DIY spirit that has made Brooklyn the center of an artisanal food & beverage movement.

Widow Jane 10 Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$61.99
91 proof
As great whiskey distillers throughout the world — from Kentucky to Scotland — have long known, it takes sweet water from tough rock to make great whiskey. And, that’s what Widow Jane Whiskey is all about.

This 10 year whiskey is aged to perfection. It drinks like a 20 year bourbon with its deep cherry notes and light tannic finish.

Aroma: Butter, Cream, Toffee
Front: Cherry Wood, Olive Oil
Mid: Orange
Finish: Burnt Orange and Spice
After Glow: Light tannic fuzz

Widow Jane Whiskey Rye Mash American Oak Aged....$43.99
91 proofWhen rye comes off the still it is sweet, grassy, and floral. A traditional “spicy” characteristic all come from the barrel. With this whiskey, our goal was to lightly oak the rye distillate in our 7-year bourbon barrels with added fresh oak and applewood staves.

This is a light, tropical “summer” rye and makes for some great cocktails. A good bitter, or a splash of vermouth or ginger beer goes a long way.

Aroma: Cardamom, Rum Raisin, Pineapple, Orange Peel
Front: Vanilla, Clover, Orange Peel, Maple, Brown Sugar
Mid: Smoked Maple, Almond, Apricot
Finish: White pepper, Basswood

Widow Jane Whiskey Rye Mash Oak and Apple Wood Aged...$43.99
91 proofNose: Apple Cider Donuts, Tobacco
Taste: Bitter Sweet Smoke, Light Anise
Finish: Crisp Apple, Demerara Sugar

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