Wood’s High Mountain Distillery of Salida, Colorado, has released batch two of its newest whiskey expression: Sawatch American Malt Whiskey. This is Wood’s second batch of its 4-year-old malt whiskey made from a mash bill of 2-row malt barley, cherrywood smoked malt, chocolate malt, malt rye and malt wheat grains, aged in No. 3 charred new American oak casks and bottled at 98 proof.
Sawatch Whiskey is named for the mountain range towering over Salida, with fifteen 14,000-foot peaks that provide the water used to make our spirits. “This is a big whiskey with depth and complexity inspired by the mountains we live and play in everyday” said PT Wood, co-owner and distiller. Tasting notes are rye spice, dark chocolate, oak, malt, toffee, oak, vanilla, subtle smoke, tobacco, hard candy and just the right amount of heat for a 98-proof whiskey. A big bold, spicy, example of American Malt Whiskey.
Sawatch Whiskey is available through select retailers in Colorado and from the Salida tasting room. Production is limited to 250 bottles with an expected retail price of $75.