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Clay Risen sets out to answer the question where is American whiskey today? And is regionalization the future—or is it already here? taking a look at the American craft whiskey scene ten years after the insurgence of the spirit.
"If you’re fond of peaty Islay scotches, there’s a whole new world of smoke to discover in America. Distillers are using peat, mesquite, hickory and more to impart both subtle and strong smoke flavors on single malt, rye, and other styles. Stoke the flames of your enthusiasm for the smoky stuff with these whiskeys." So heads the Whisky Advocate list of smoky American whiskeys. Originally published in Fall 2018, this list was re-released in July 2019.
Uproxx.com just publised their 2019 list of The Best Whiskey in Every State, and I think you know where I'm headed with this, yup, Colkegan!
Last week Colin, along with over 150 other craft distillers and members of both DISCUS and ACSA, traveled to Washington D.C.to participate in a public policy conference about the future of the Federal Excise Tax cut, which is due to expire at the end of 2019. (Read this Forbes article for all the info).
We won! Best distillery in Santa Fe, 2019! Each year sees more competition in this category, so THANK YOU! to everyone who voted for us."For a town our size to have multiple distilleries is lucky enough, but Santa Fe Spirits' signature takes on liquids like gin with local botanicals, vodka and a smoky whiskey are also distinct and well-crafted. Santa Fe Spirits has been a mainstay at SFR parties, are the proprietors of a popular downtown tasting room, recently acquired a presence in Costco and are on the shelves in lots of other stores."
By Dan PenningtonWhat is a craft cocktail? In the modern era, we’ve learned to treasure specialty drinks for certain qualities. The freshness and quality of the ingredients. The skill and preparation that goes into crafting them. The unique alcohols and flavors found and combined to create something out of this world.
American Single Malt Whiskey is starting to get the recognition it deserves. Zach Johnston gives an overview of ASM as well as his picks of the best on the market right now in his June 28, 2019 article. Once again Colkegan finds itself in good company, and listed among the best of the best in the country.
Each June the Santa Fe Reporter publishes their summer guide, a slick insert that lets locals and visitors know what they shouldn’t be missing over the next couple of months. This year’s edition covers everything from fishing, to dining to ...deodorant. Fortunately for Santa Fe Spirits, the Reporter wants people to know that drinking exists beyond the Margarita Trail. In Take a New Path, Zibby Wilder creates his own trail, offering suggestions for where to go for a glass of wine, a beer, or cocktails. This might be the first time that Santa Fe Spirits and Evangelos are mentioned in the same column, but that just shows what a well-rounded list this is.
Atapino is featuring in some very tasty sounding cokctails in Durango, according to Lis McLaughlin in the Durango Herald (May, 29, 2019).The group of bartenders interviewed don't appear to be at a loss as to how to showcase our unique spirit!
Does American single malt need to broken down into subcategories? And how would you do this - by region, like Scotch; by ingredient; wood used in aging? Wayne Curtis explores where American single malt might be headed in The Emerging Styles of American Single Malt, (Daily.sevenfifty.com, May 23, 2019). He discusses the question with several notable distillers (Colin Keegan among them), but the answer hasn't yet emerged.
"Imbibers would be remiss to skip a visit to the Santa Fe Spirits tasting room. The craft distillery produces exceptional liquors, from gin to apple brandy to whiskey, often employing local ingredients, such as in the whiskey-based Atapino liquer, made with oak, pinon, and ponderosa."
"With no legal definition of “craft,” it’s easy to dismiss it as a marketing term. But maker culture transcends jargon. Across the United States, independent, locally minded producers create products that showcase heritage crops and area traditions. Now, anyone thirsty for small-batch drinks with regional flavors can find them in communities and cities across America.Here are 50 truly local beverages made in all 50 states. If you’re planning a cross-country road trip, make sure to leave room in your trunk for these souvenirs."Vinepair.com
"You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating: We’re living in a golden age of whiskey. Never has more whiskey made in more places than right now. And that’s especially true here at home. After a decade-long craft distilling boom, it’s now possible to find top-quality bottles made in every state in the country."
Dave McCowen of The Whiskey Wash uses this great analogy to explain how whiskey gets its smoke, and why there are so many differentiations in American Single Malts.
Awards season for spirits doesn’t get quite the fanfare as award season for movies, but there are some similarities; certainly “it’s an honor just to be nominated” and “this means so much coming from my peers” are feelings we can relate to. This means so much, as it’s coming from our peers, is exactly how we feel about Colkegan Apple Brandy Cask Finished Single Malt winning a silver medal at the American Craft Spirits Awards. Though we bask in the glory of all awards we win, the ACSA award holds a special place as it comes from an organization dedicated to small distillers.