When we took our trip out to Skyline Drive back in October, you may recall how excited we were to stumble over Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky and Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville.
Well it turns out that was just the beginning (or pretty darn close to it). Rick Wasmund, the namesake and distiller, has been hard at work perfecting his own barrel-aging technique and turning out batches of applewood-smoked whisky that just keep getting smoother and smoother.
Now it’s your turn. Just in time for the holidays, Copper Fox Distillery has released ‘baby’ 5-liter barrels that allow Wasmund’s afficionados to age (and flavor, one would suppose) their spirit to their own exacting standards. Each barrel holds six 750-mL bottles of Wasmund’s Single Malt Spirit, which is the barrel-proof malt that is aged at Copper Fox to eventually become the Wasmund’s we all know and love.
Details on where and how to find this unique gift idea (even if it’s a gift to yourself) after the jump.
If this sounds like the perfect gift for the whisky-lover in your life who has everything but his own pot still, you’re in luck. Rick Wasmund will be in Washington three evenings this week, offering tastings of his fine spirits and signing bottles (and – one would assume – barrels). You can catch him at:
- Pearson’s – Wednesday, December 17, from 5-8pm
- Connecticut Avenue Liquors – Thursday, December 18, from 5-8pm
- Chevy Chase Liquors – Saturday, December 20, from 2-5pm
According to Copper Fox, the increased surface area-to-volume ratio of these smaller barrels allows them to mature the whisky more quickly than in a large barrel. They recommend aging your distilled spirit around four months to capture the kind of smoothness and flavor that you get from a distillery-aged bottle. And if you’re feeling kind of creative and want to add some additional wood chips (apple and cherry are used at Copper Fox) to the barrel while it ages, you probably won’t be disappointed with the outcome.
In addition to the barrels (which retail for $50 each) and the bottles of Spirit (which are $19.99 each – remember you need six to fill the barrel), you can also find Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky in all of these locations (as well as Schneider’s on Capital Hill, Central Liquors on F Street between 9th and 10th, NW, and others).
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Wasmund’s yet, these tasting events are the perfect opportunity to find out what we’re talking about. The smoky-sweet flavors of this uniquely aged whisky are going to surprise you, and they may even appeal to non-whisky drinkers.