Old Potrero 6 Year Single Malt Rye Whiskey
The original Anchor Distilling Company was established in 1993 by Fritz Maytag, the same beverage visionary who sparked the craft beer movement with his purchase of Anchor Brewing in 1965. Maytag had rescued the struggling brewery and its iconic steam beer, and after several decades of exclusively producing beer, Maytag saw an opportunity to expand into the distillation of spirits.
Fritz’s vision of a rye whiskey revival was fueled by the bold realization that there were no pot-distilled whiskeys being made legally in America at the time. Finding inspiration in the rye whiskeys of America’s past and the great single malt whiskeys of Scotland, Fritz gathered a small team to begin top secret research and experimentation in the distillery. The first whiskey went into barrel in 1994, and the distillery soon began producing three rye whiskeys under Fritz’s guidance, all pot-distilled spirit from a mash of 100% malted rye.
This straight rye whiskey, an updated release from their previous flagship rye, was aged in new handmade fine grain charred American oak barrels for 6 years, as opposed to the previous 3 year bottling. The profile is rounder, richer, and more chocolatey than your typical - unmalted - rye whiskey, with notes of cinnamon, orange, cherry, chewy maltiness, and red hot candies, with a pronounced nutty finish. Bottled at 48.5% abv.
Note: Picture not updated; shows old bottling label.