When the world’s best malt barley is grown all around you, it only makes sense to make world class malt whiskey. Barley grown throughout Montana is known for its quality in the brewing and distilling industry. It’s such a well-known fact, that a malting facility was built right in the middle of Montana in 2005. Starting with the best barley in Montana, it is then expertly malted in Great Falls and delivered fresh to RoughStock Distillery. We combine the one hundred percent malt barley with fresh water from the high country for a distinctly unique malt whiskey, mashed “on the grains” in the traditional American way, our Pure Malt Whiskey retains much of the sweet malt flavor that other malt whiskeys lack. After fermentation in our open-top old growth Oregon fir fermentation tanks, it is carefully double distilled in our traditional copper pot stills. After distillation, only the sweet, clean heart of the distillate is placed in fine grain virgin American white oak barrels that have been toasted and charred to our specifications. After maturation (anywhere from 2-5 years) select barrels are married together for bottling. Barrels are selected to give more of a “layer cake” effect, described in our tasting notes.
The nose will open with touches of light fruit: pear, apple, and caramelized bananas, as well as soft barley. On the palate, the sweet malty grain flavor will dominate and then finish with the stronger barrel notes of vanilla, more caramelized banana, toffee, and a bit of tannin spice. A touch of smoke may linger in the background from the barrel char. It will warm as it goes down…