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Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey

Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey


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•  Craft bourbon whisky
•  100% rye
•  Cask strength
•  ABV 63.64%, 70cl




Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey is a rye whiskey made at the Anchor Distilling Company in San Francisco, California. It is a craft whiskey, i.e. it is made at a small distillery using very specific ingredients and production methods to achieve a unique taste.

The idea behind Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey was to make a whiskey close to how it used to be made in the USA in the 1800s. So, the mashbil of Old Potrero is 100 percent rye. This was the grain of choice for America's first distillers, mostly because of its easy availability.

Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey is then distilled in a small copper pot still (like those used in the 1800s). After distillation the whisky is aged in lightly toasted barrels. The distillery use a combination of both new and used barrels. It uses toasted rather than charred barrels as toasted is closer to the technique used in the 1800s. Back then, the staves to make barrels where heated over oak chips to make them easier to bend into shape. By default the wood became toasted, but this was not done to add flavour to the whisky during aging. The benefits to the flavour of bourbon whisky of toasting and charring wood after aging was a secondary discovery.

Finally, Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey is bottled at cask strength. Again, this is the way American whiskey to be made so it is very traditional, however to get the best flavour and experience, it is strongly recommended that you add water.

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 Anchor Distilling Company, San Francisco, California, USA
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