Leopold Bros Three Chamber Still Rye Whiskey, Colorado (750ml)
Producer notes ~ "Situated in an industrial complex on the outskirts of Denver, Leopold Bros. Distillery is the brainchild of Todd Leopold. After receiving his diploma in Malting and Brewing from the Siebel Institute in Chicago, Todd moved to Germany and began working at the Doemens School of Brewers and Maltsters in Munich. Then, he apprenticed at four different breweries and distilleries in Germany, before moving to Kentucky to study distilling. In 2008, Todd, along with his brother Scott, moved back to his parents' home in Littleton, Colorado and opened the doors to Leopold Bros. Distillery.
What does an IRS Document from the 19th century, a defunct style of still and Heirloom Italian Rye grown in Colorado all have in common? All are important ingredients in this whiskey's mission to recreate the original style of early American whiskey. As a collector of early American whiskey arcana, Todd Leopold stumbled across an old IRS research experiment to determine what exactly makes whiskey, whiskey. The experiential had 50 different distillers each create a barrel of whiskey, which were all then aged in different rickhouses and climates across the United States before being sent back to be chemically analyzed by the IRS (for tax reasons). Todd discovered nearly all these producers were utilizing heirloom rye-dominant mash bills and distilling using a now defunct three-chamber still. In a complete labor of love, with a touch of insatiable curiosity, Todd has gone out of his way to revive this early style of rye whiskey, which began with him custom making his own three chamber still. The unique properties of the the still and and the high oil content of the Abruzzi rye he uses has lead to the creation of an incredibly rich and oily whiskey, which stands as a beautiful ode to, and recreation of, original American whiskey."