In time for the dark, rainy days ahead, the perfect release from Rogue Ales & Spirits has launched a new whiskey series, Single Barrel Project. This new whiskey series is a very limited batch of one-off single barrels of Rogue whiskey that have been finished in various creative ways.
On the first release, Single Barrel Project – Barrel One, Rogue brings together its diverse portfolio of its business entities. Rogue is the only farmer-brewer-distiller-cooper in the United States and brings together all of this on this first release in this Single Barrel Project.
“After opening our Rolling Thunder Barrel Works cooperage in 2015, we became fascinated with exploring the impact that different types of wood impressed on the flavor, aroma and taste of our whiskeys,” says Jake Holshue, Rogue Spirits Head Distiller, in a statement. “We created Single Barrel Project as our way to explore that curiosity through finishing Rogue whiskey in unique barrels and uncommon wood varietals, oftentimes in a non-replicable way, and always one barrel at a time.”
This new Single Barrel Project series will see four new whiskeys each year. Single Barrel Project – Barrel One is classified as American Single Malt that had primary barrel aging in American Oak for 6 years and was finished in NXNW Washington Cabernet Sauvignon barrels for 6 months to make for one of, if not the longest aged Oregon whiskies to hit the marketplace. Single Barrel Project – 1st Edition is 96 proof and only 215 bottles were produced, priced at $79.95 each and only available in Oregon.
The series will continue with Barrel Two as it will be released in January 2021 and is an eight-year-old Oregon Rye Malt Whiskey finished in a second use Zinfandel barrel. Barrel Three will be released in March 2021 and is Oregon Single Malt Whiskey finished in a Rogue Rolling Thunder Barrel Works Cherry Wood barrel. Barrel Four will be released later in 2021.
“At Rogue, we are always looking for new ways to create and innovate,” says Steve Garrett, Vice President of Business Development, in a statement. “We like to push the boundaries and see what we can come up with. This mentality pushed us to experiment with different woods from our backyard in the Pacific Northwest and our very own cooperage. By doing so, we were able to create something special with the Single Barrel Project and are excited to share these one-of-a-kind whiskeys with our fans.”
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.