Spirit Works Distillery in Sebastopol, founded in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Timo and Ashby Marshall, has released its first-ever Bottled in Bond – Straight Rye Whiskey, meeting the strict guidelines for the rare “Bottled in Bond” label. The requirements that a spirit must meet in order to be labeled Bottled in Bond include:
•That it be produced from the same class of spirits and materials (in this case, rye berries and rye whiskey)
• That it be distilled in the same distilling season by the same distiller at the same distillery;
• That it be stored for at least four years in direct contact with wood; void of any addition, subtraction, or modification;
• That it be proofed to 100 proof with only pure water; and bottled at 100 proof.
Bottled in Bond – Straight Rye Whiskey was bottled at four years two months at 100 proof. It offers baked apple aromas, followed by hints of coffee and leather. On the palate you’ll find pleasing peppery notes of clove and nutmeg as well as delicate accents of caramel and toasted coconut. Bottles are on sale at the distillery tasting room in Sebastopol.