Single malt whiskies have been a mainstay of the whisky world for decades, but in one of the world’s largest whisky markets (the USA), there is no legal definition for “single malt” whisky. Now, the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) has taken the first steps in the process of creating a legal standard for “American Single Malt” whisky.
The American Single Malt Commission’s proposal submitted to the TTB mirrors in many ways the Scotch Whisky regulations, with the exception of Scotland’s mandate that only pot stills can be used. It requires the use of 100% malted barley in whisky distilled at a single U.S. distillery to no more than 80% ABV, matured in oak casks no larger than 700 liters, and bottled at a minimum of 40% ABV. It would allow the use of either new or used barrels
Late in 2022 or early 2023 we will proudly release our American Single Malt made with 100% Malted Barley, locally sourced of course, from our friends at Deer Creek Malthouse in Glen Mills PA.
We expect to deliver you the same smooth sipping whiskey that you now enjoy with Filmore Rides but with an added bit of flavor complexity. Here’s what we are starting to taste in our little infant/toddler single malt. Light notes of vanilla, almond and toast. There is a hint of smokiness with two surprises, a bit of a peppery note and brine.
As our young single malt grows and matures through summer and winter temperature swings the flavor complexity will undoubtably develop additional tones. One taster has detected a very light caramel note that my decades older buds are blind to.
As always we will keep you updated!
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