Not something you see everyday: a cask strength wheat whiskey from America! When one thinks of American whiskies, the mind immediately runs to Kentucky, Tennessee or even Pennsylvania. Washington State, in America’s Pacific North-West is unlikely to be high up the list, yet this is where Dry Fly Distilling make their home, in the city of Spokane. Dry Fly are a brilliant young American distillery, with a great commitment to quality and craft. They only use grains from farms within 30 miles of their distillery, ensuring a low carbon footprint and a sense of terroir. This whiskey is made using 100% local soft white wheat. The whiskey is distilled in a small pot-still and matured in 53-gallon new American oak barrels with a heavy char for a minimum of three years. It is then bottled onsite ¬– bucking the trend of “producers” bottling whiskey from other distilleries and presenting it as their own. Dry Fly’s Cask Strength Wheat Whiskey is bottled at a wonderfully full 60% ABV, meaning there is plenty intensity of flavour with this dram.
The nose provides bready aromas, with some woodspice and salted caramel, alongside black pepper and chilli flakes. The palate remains faithful to the nose, adding notes of sugared fruit cake and cinnamon. On the finish, this whiskey provides a lasting heat and spice, with tropical fruit notes of banana and pineapple. This whiskey picked up a string of awards in recent years, receiving gold from the 2015 Berlin International Spirits Competition, double gold from the 2014 World Spirits Award and silver from the 2015 Beverage Tasting Institute meeting.