November - Spirit of the Month
Far North Whiskeys
The northernmost distillery in the contiguous United States, Minnesota's Far North Spirits, is one of a handful of authentic field-to-glass estate producers of small-batch, craft-distilled spirits. Far North Spirits is one of only 42 distilleries nation-wide to grow its own grains. Every step of production—milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and bottling—is carried through on-site by hand.
"Our job is to craft spirits that live up to their legacy"
To help pay homage to their Scandinavian Heritage, all of their spirits carry a Viking name. The Scandinavian name Roknar means Warrior from the gods in ancient Norse. While the legendary Viking Ragnar Lodbrok may or may not have actually existed, his reputation throughout Europe as a hero and true rebel seems to endure nonetheless. (Pronounced ROCK-ner)
Roknar Maryland Style Straight Rye Whiskey 65% AC Hazlet Winter Rye (non-GMO), 25% heirloom corn, 10% malted barley, planted and harvested by distiller. Said to be based on the original mash bill used by George Washington at his distillery at Mount Vernon. It has been aged two and a half years in 53-gallon barrels and bottled at 91 proof. Limited Release. Roknar Maryland-Style offers a nose of hay, roasted corn and saw-dust, with notes of avocado honey and ripe fruit on the palate. It finishes bright, with cinnamon and other baking spices.
Price per bottle: $59.99
Roknar Minnesota Rye Whiskey Aged one year in 15-gallon charred oak barrels and finished in Cognac casks, Roknar marries aromas of brown sugar and cinnamon with vanilla bean, roasted almonds and freshly sawn oak. These scents are precisely restated as flavors on a butter-smooth palate, with additional notes of smoked ham and balsa wood. Finishing with a hint of soft-baked pretzels, Roknar lingers cheerfully with a warming note of star anise.
Price per Bottle: $49.99
Roknar Sauternes Cask Finish Rye Whiskey offers a nose of buttercream, maple and apricot, with a long, warm finish of candied pecans, caramel and brown sugar. The first, Roknar Sauternes Cask Finish, has the same mash bill as the distillery’s Roknar Minnesota Rye, including 80% AC Hazlet winter rye, 10% heirloom corn and 10% malt barley. It is first aged 15 months in 15-gallon barrels and then finished for one month in Sauternes casks from France. Bottled at 94 proof, this ex-sweet white wine cask finished whiskey will see a total of 140 cases worth of bottles being released.
Price per bottle: $52.99
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