The luxury whiskey brand’s first foray into the American single malt category come in two varieties: rare and ultra-rare
Wolves, founded by James Bond (the co-founder of sneak boutique, Undefeated) and Jon Buscemi (of Buscemi, Greats, Truff, Oliver Peoples), has announced the release of its first-ever American Single Malt whiskeys, with the brand’s Malted Barley Series Lot One expression dropping on April 6.
The brand acquired a limited supply of single malt whiskeys that were then laid down in 8- to 12-barrel lots, starting in 2011. The 13th generation master distiller Marko Karakasevic distilled each lot over a 10-day period in a small-scale alembic pot still that was imported from Cognac in 1983.
While far less efficient than a column still, the slow, antique pot still yields whiskey with body, flavor, and viscosity. During distillation, Karakasevic slept in four hour shifts so that he alone could make each cut, selecting ‘the heart of hearts’ for double distillation.
“Marko is an artist… this could be his opus,” noted Buscemi about the single malt. “This library of whiskey is insanely good.”
Lot One was distilled in 2015. Eleven of the twelve barrels were blended together by Wolves and bottled at 110-proof (55% ABV). A nose of honey, grapefruit, vanilla, oak, and sandalwood gives way to notes of maple syrup, currants, leather, orange cake, and warm vanilla. The medium-length finish is consistent front to back with steady resolution.
“We believe this could be the richest and most complex American Single Malt whiskey ever produced,” noted Wolves CEO Jeremy Joseph. “ASM is an emerging category within the domestic whiskey landscape, and this is a best-in-class example of craftsmanship and flavor within it.”
All 228 bottles of Wolves’ Lot One single-barrel expression ($350) will be offered privately to certain members on its Allocation List.
The 375 6-packs of the Lot One blended single malt expression (MSRP $289) will be made available through select retailers, as well as through pre-sale to the Wolves Allocation List beginning March 30. Visit www.wolveswhiskeyca.com to register. Not available in all 50 states.
In addition to rolling out its first single malt, Wolves has also announced it is erecting a new still. The new still will allow Wolves to continue its line of unique beer whiskeys and single malt whiskeys into the future and at scale.
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