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Spirit Works Distillery Release Bottled in Bond Straight Rye

Spirit Works Distillery announced today that it has released its first-ever Bottled in Bond – Straight Rye Whiskey. 

As an effort towards regulating spirits industry at the time, the US Government passed the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, dictating a very strict set of quality standards and control of production practices for a spirit to be labeled as such.

Spirit Works Distillery Release Bottled in Bond Straight Rye
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Still in place today, but difficult to achieve and even harder to come by, a spirit can only be labeled Bottled in Bond – by U.S. Government Supervision if it is:

  1. Produced from the same class of spirits and same class of materials (Rye berries and Rye Whiskey)
  2. Distilled in the same distilling season (Dec 2013) by the same distiller (Ashby Marshall) at the same distillery (Spirit Works Distillery)
  3. Stored for at least four (4) years  in direct, full contact with wood (53 gal New Charred American Oak Barrels)
  4. Void of any addition, subtraction or modification
  5. Proofed to 100 proof with only pure water
  6. Bottled at 100 proof

In addition to the above, the label on the bottle must also state the location of the distillery and if bottled elsewhere, where it was bottled.

“I am thrilled for Spirit Works Distillery to have reached this milestone as our Bottled in Bond – Straight Rye Whiskey is a beautiful, welcome declaration of a true small batch, high rye Whiskey, and the very distinction represents genuine quality, consistency, and age,” said Ashby Marshall, Former Head Distiller and Co-owner.

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Bottled at 4 years 2 months old and 100 proof, the Rye Whiskey has a nose towards both bright and baked apple followed with coffee and leather. On the palate, it brings peppery hints of clove, and nutmeg that mellows into a blend of caramel and toasted coconut. The finish of golden honeycomb rolls down to a long smooth spice.  Bottles can be purchased, as of today for $60, out of the distillery tasting room in Sebastopol and are planned to be in market in due course.

Founded in the heart of Sonoma County, California in 2012 by husband and wife team Timo and Ashby Marshall, Spirit Works Distillery is craft spirits producer which handcrafts artisan Vodka, Gin, Sloe Gin, Barrel Gin, Navy Strength Gin, Straight Wheat and Straight Rye Whiskey onsite using the grain-to-glass method of milling, mashing, fermenting and then distilling onsite, allowing the Distillery to create a truly hands-on premium product. Like their unique Sloe Gin, husband and wife team, Timo and Ashby Marshall bring a combination of traditional British legacy and innovative West Coast style to Spirit Works Distillery. Spirit Works is also one of the few all-female distilling teams in the US with Lauren Patz as Head Distiller.

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The brand says: “Timo comes from a small village in the southwest of England called Thurlstone. This is where his family has been refining their Sloe Gin recipe for generations. While they didn’t make their own Gin from grain to glass, they did employ the traditional method of steeping sloe berries in Gin, picked along the coastal hills. Ashby, on the other hand, is West Coast-bred and has a deep passion and impressive palate for Whiskey and it’s intricacies. She is thrilled to be the first (in fact only, male or female) female distiller in her family.”

“Together, Timo and Ashby have spent years working together in a variety of fields including fast boat driving, IRATA climbing, and as sailing instructors. So it is with this clear path to distillation that you will find them here at the distillery working side by side working the still, offering distillery tours, cleaning tanks, running the business, training puppies, and creating the best California Distillery tasting room possible.”

Written by James Connolly

James Connolly is an established freelance writer from the UK. Having worked for a variety of titles across the globe, his work touches upon travel, food, politics, and more, reflecting a deep-seated curiosity towards people, places, and their respective cultures.

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