Colkegan American Single Malt Whiskey
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Colkegan American Single Malt Whiskey

Item # 32548 750mL

Founded By Colin Keegan in 2010 with the intention of becoming the premier distillery in the American Southwest, with the help of Head Distiller John Jeffrey (originally of Death's Door), Santa Fe Spirits is poised to do just that. The Colkegan Single Malt is a melding of tradition and innovation, a smart mix of old world and new. The standard two-row barley is distilled twice in small pot stills but only after having been kiln-dried with mesquite wood! Maturation takes place in a variety of oak casks that include new American white oak as well as used bourbon barrels. The opening notes are reminiscent of walking into a world class barbecue. But while the smoke is a focus here, it is never too much, not quite as aggressive as Balcones Brimstone for example. The result is a great whiskey with a good balance of smoke and malt and additional notes of beeswax, sugarloaf, and prickly pear. Very exciting new craft spirit.

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If you are like me and grew up on the east coast, you probably haven't seen many spirits from New Mexico. Don't let that stop you from giving this guy a try. While the Colkegan single malt whiskey shares some of the finer points with it's Scottish counterpart, it remains distinctly American. As I sit with a glass, I'm taken back to the wild west. Cowboys circle on horseback firing their Colt peacemaker in the air. Coming up from the glass are whiffs of mesquite BBQ, fresh leather, dried citrus, and cowboy hat. That's right, cowboy hat.

- CC

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