Ransom Wines & Spirits 'Whipper Snapper' Whiskey (84 proof)
Item Number: 3908
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 79% Corn / 21% Two Row Barley
Type: Spirits - Whiskey
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 42
The Whipper Snapper Manifesto: Whipper Snapper is a pot distilled, handcrafted whiskey made by dedicated artisans for those who appreciate quality and flavorful whiskey. It is intended for sipping, mixing in cocktails, or just plain drinking.
The Spirit: The Whipper Snapper represents an endeavor to utilize and combine the best of production methods, and technical approaches to making bourbon, scotch, Irish whiskey, and Dutch corenwyn. The Whipper Snapper cannot be placed in one category of whiskey. It is clearly different from any one single style, with the best of the parts from several distinct styles. Although the mash bill is most similar to bourbon, it is quite heavy on malted barley, and aromatically is more similar to a highland scotch or Irish whiskey.
Distillation: The first component is made from barley which is malted in the Pacific Northwest, and unmalted barley grown in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. This barley is ground, mashed, fermented and distilled on location at the distillery in Sheridan, Oregon. The second part is made by using a base of Kentucky corn whitedog, which is obsessively re-distilled in an alembic pot still. Extremely selective cuts are made at the condenser, and only the "heart of the hearts" is kept for aging and bottling. The remainder is discarded.
Aging: Aging takes place in a variety of barrels, including used French coopered Pinot Noir barrels, new American coopered whiskey barrels, and used American whiskey barrels. The Whipper Snapper is aged for between six months and two years, with an average time of about one year. For each bottling, eight barrels are specifically selected to make the best possible blend. Whipper Snapper is then hand bottled, hand labeled, and hand waxed.
The Taste: Malted barley and cereal nose with hints of cola nut and nutmeg. The palate is incredibly smooth and bellies a myriad of flavors from grain to toasted cereal, nutmeg to honey coated barley, hints of floral, rose petal like aromas and an elegant finish that asks for more. Our recommendation is to drink Whipper Snapper with five drops of rain water (or an ice cube if rain water is not available) in order to best experience the complex aromatics of pure whiskey, not charred oak barrel aging. And if you are in a mixing mood definitely make a Whipper Snapper Martinez and go old school!