Frontier has always had a strong association with whiskey, a spirit associated with rugged countryside, cowboys, outlaws, and other elements of mythical Americana. Ironically, true frontiers in the whiskey world are rare these days, with a flurry of new producers whose bottlings are differentiated by the smallest of margins. With the whiskey reserves of US distilleries largely depleted, one of the most exciting developments in the last couple of years has been Canadian whisky. Characterful, spicy, robust whisky, often sleuthed out by their 100% rye mash bills. The industry was put on notice when a 5 year bottling from up north took home the most recent World Whisky of the Year title.
Then, we started to hear talk of Found North, based out of Massachusetts, who had apparently bottled some stellar and extremely well aged Canadian whisky. We talked to them, tasted their wares (two batches so far), and were floored and charmed by both them and the whisky. Here at last was evidence of that rare new frontier we were longing for. The two brothers behind the brand, Nick and Zach Taylor, are both longtime industry folks, spirit nerds, lovers of big bold flavors, and weren’t afraid of putting in the work. In their quest for that next great American whiskey, they found themselves in Canada.
The whisky itself defied our expectations. While Canadian producers mostly distill and age single grain whisky, looking to balance their mature flavors in the final blend, the premium bottlings we’ve seen have been more of a straightforward source and bottle approach that has netted lots of 100% ryes. Found North, on the other hand, has pushed themselves and their whisky on every front – with rye, corn, and barley all present in the final blend, creating truly singular flavor profiles. On top of that, the utterly unique cask selection gives an even wider color palette: Hungarian Oak, ex-Speyside Scotch casks, ex-Wheated Bourbon, and a combination of used, re-charred, and new American white oak all coming together to enhance the profile, without any one cask dominating or taking over the character of the grain, even with whisky aged up to 20 years. The bottling runs for Batch 1 and Batch 2 are small, only 1300 bottles each, with every one individually numbered. The value on the other hand, is huge. Bottled at cask strength, non chill-filtered, and with natural color. Both batches are already Double Gold SF Spirits Competition winners in their respective categories.
We’re so excited to share this gorgeous whisky with you!