Widow Jane Heirloom Whiskey

As great whiskey distillers throughout the world — from Kentucky to Scotland — have long known, it takes sweet water from tough rock to make great whiskey. And, that’s what Widow Jane Heirloom Whiskey, distilled in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, is all about.

It turns out that tough stone not only can hold a city together, but its unique properties are essential for the creation of great whiskey.

The fact that Kentucky is the epicenter of American whiskey production is due to the special properties of its limestone filtered water and the minerals it contains. Well, Rosendale Limestone possesses an even higher ratio of beneficial minerals than that found in Kentucky and its sparkling waters are as pure as its namesake, the Widow Jane.

The owner of Widow Jane Distilling grew up enjoying the pure waters of the Widow Jane Mine. He now uses these unique waters to distill his artisan spirits in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Widow Jane Whiskey is a true New York City whiskey, evocative of both the rock that created the foundation for this city of skyscrapers and the forward looking, DIY spirit that has made Brooklyn the center of a new artisanal food and beverage movement.

Oak & Applewood Aged

This is a light, almost tropical “spring” rye that makes for some great cocktails. A shake of good bitter, or a splash of vermouth or ginger beer goes a long way.

Tasting notes:

Aroma: Apple Cider Donuts, Tobacco

Taste: Bittersweet Smoke, Light Anise

Finish: Crisp Apple, Demerara Sugar

American Oak Aged

When Rye comes off the still it is still sweet, grassy and floral. The traditional “spicy” characteristic all comes from the barrel. With this whiskey, the goal was to lightly oak the rye distillate in our 7-year bourbon barrels with added fresh oak and applewood staves.

The result is a light, almost tropical “spring” rye that makes for some great cocktails. A shake of good bitter, or a splash of vermouth or ginger beer goes a long way.

Tasting notes:

Aroma: Cardamom, rum raisin, tropical pineapple, orange peel, sugar cane

Front: Vanilla, clover, orange peel, maple and brown sugar

Mid: Smoked maple, almond, apricot

Finish: Tannic, but even, white pepper, basswood

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