Ransom Wines & Spirits 'The Emerald 1865' Straight American Whiskey (87.6 proof)
Item Number: 6986
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 67% Malted Two-Row Barley / 7% Unmalted Six-Row Barley / 15% Rye / 12% Oats
Type: Spirits - Whiskey
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 43.8
Case Production: 240
Aging: This Oregon whiskey is aged three to five years in a mix of French and American oak. The barrel sizes are 53 gallons and 60 gallons.
Production: The Emerald 1865 is 100% mashed, fermented, distilled, aged and bottled at Ransom. Only the heart cuts of the direct-fired alembic pot distillation are used. Ransom The Emerald 1865 Straight American Whiskey is hand bottled, waxed and labeled.
The Story: Thanks to colorful folklore passed down through the generations, we know that the Irish whiskey of today little resembles its 19th century predecessors. Trouble is, there is none left of the traditional whiskey to taste in Ransom's quest to recreate the long lost gems of the Emerald Isle. Fortune gave Ransom owner Tad Seestedt two good turns; a British excise agent who recorded an Irish mash bill in 1865, and his friend David Wondrich, who found said recipe poring over the microfiche annals of history and passed it along.
With this mash bill as Tad Seestedt's guide, he set out to create his own interpretation of a traditional Irish whiskey. Ransom Wines & Spirits grows a percentage of the barley organically on their farm. Their grains are milled, mashed and fermented in small batches at the Ransom distillery and farm in the emerald hills of Sheridan, Oregon.
Ransom The Emerald 1865 Tasting Notes: This whiskey is highly aromatic with the weight, richness and complexity of its ancestors. In seeking to recreate a whiskey of another time and place, Tad Seestedt feels that he has created a spirit which speaks meaningfully to its two provenances; Ireland of yore and the green hills of Oregon where it has taken a foothold after 150 years of migration.
Voted World's Best Single Pot Still by World Whiskies Awards in 2018
The Whiskey Wash (2016)
"Their version of a retro Irish whiskey—The Emerald 1865—is, frankly, brilliant. Food Republic pondered recently whether this was the “most authentic Irish whiskey made in America?” and I can’t disagree. Nor could the San Francisco Spirits Competition judges, who awarded it double gold in 2014...The Emerald 1865 is unique and delicious—two terms that more or less describe everything I hope to find in an unfamiliar glass of whiskey. Have I now experienced the Irish whiskey of yesteryear? No clue—after all, none of us know what the hell Irish whiskey circa 1865 tasted like. In any case, I’m quite certain I’ve just tasted a well-conceived and well-executed spirit from a source that proves how valuable a determined, innovative, and genuinely passionate micro-distillery can be."