BRISTOL, PA — Craft spirits aficionados have probably noticed the ever-growing popularity of single barrel straight whiskey, particularly over the last few years. But what is it, exactly, that makes this specially crafted expression so enticing to fans of craft whiskey?
The allure of these rare spirits is unique, both in the flavor and the singular quality of the carefully cultivated product.
Produced outside of a larger batch, the undiluted nature of single barrel whiskey delivers a bolder, more robust, taste. Each bottle, typically featuring a hand-written barreled-on-date, bottled-on-date and cask (aka barrel) number, is taken from an individual source and, therefore, boasts its own set of distinct characteristics.
“Single barrel whiskey provides an excellent opportunity to see a slightly different side to the more familiar expressions of many favorite brands. When retailers or restaurants buy single-barrel bottlings, it allows them to offer something truly unique which is not available anywhere else”, says Brian Freedman, a spirits expert for Forbes.com and Whisky Advocate contributor.
“The range of expressions embodied by Dad’s Hat’s single barrel, cask strength options is stunning, and a true testament to the company’s dedication to the craft of producing world-class rye.”
So when Dad’s Hat began making a single-barrel version of its renowned Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey, it was no surprise it was an immediate hit with fans. Not only are retailers selecting Dad’s Hat’s Whiskey by the barrel to be on their shelves, but restauranteurs are now adding it to their menu as well.
Recently, people like Stephen Starr, the prominent Philadelphia-based eatery impresario, along with fellow restauranteur, Aimee Olexy (Talula’s Table and Talula’s Garden), visited the Bucks County distillery to hand-select a barrel of cask strength Dad’s Hat Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey for their new restaurant, The Love.
In fact, single-barrel produced bottles of Dad’s Hat has also sprung up at other restaurants and locations in Philadelphia and around the country, including Amis (two Philadelphia locations and Westport CT), Binny’s Beverage Depot (Chicago area spirits retailer), BevMo (Retailer with locations in AZ, CA, and Washington state), PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores and Total Wine & More (locations nationwide).
Of course, they’re not the only ones raving about Dad’s Hat Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey.
“The range of expressions embodied by Dad’s Hat’s single barrel, cask strength options is stunning, and a true testament to the company’s dedication to the craft of producing world-class rye,” says Freedman.