Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky
The barley is hand malted on the floor of a custom malting room at the distillery, a unique element of these whiskies. Cherry and apple wood are used in place of peat to smoke the malted barley creating a truly distinct American whisky. Double distillation is the method of choice. Aging (18 months) is accomplished in used bourbon barrels with toasted fruitwood chunks placed inside creating sublime layers of smoke along with the subtle influence of bourbon barrel aging, a technique favored in Scotland. The barley mash is then sent to a local cattle farm for consumption.“Rich amber copper color, intriguing aromas and flavors of suede, olive tapenade, honey, dried fruit chutney and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity, medium-full body, and long, spicy, orange marmalade on rye toast and root beer float-like finish.” Best enjoyed neat or with a splash of quality spring water. Also great in a Rob Roy and other classic cocktails. 96 proof (48% alcohol). 93 points-Beverage Testing Institute
About the Producer
Copper Fox Distillery was formed in January of 2000 by Rick Wasmund. The operation is based in Sperryville, Virginia. The revelation of a distinct and wonderful single malt whisky using fruitwood smoke came to Rick in years prior after visiting a slew of American micro- distilleries. By spring of 2000, Rick made the journey to Scotland to visit several distilleries. He came away with an offer to intern at Bowmore Distillery on Islay, one of the few distilleries in the world that still malts their own barley. Three years later, Copper Fox Whisky was launched into the marketplace as the first apple and cherry wood smoked whisky in the world. These distinct whiskies focus on the time honored, but currently rare hand malting process, using the smoke of smoldering fruitwoods during malting. There are three products, which are all based on grains from a local farm on the northern neck of Virginia between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers.