What are Northern Whiskies?
Mammoth Northern Whiskeys are created by blending individual whiskeys that each feature a distinct combination of production methodology—distillation technique, cooperage, grains and mash bill—and aging them in our cool, northern climate. The result is a different type of whiskey. One in which the wood supports, rather than obscures, the grain from which it was created.
A New Style of Rye Whiskey Produced with Old-World Technique
This 9-Year Northern Rye is a very distinct style of whiskey that differs from Straight Rye in several profound ways. Though both are distilled primarily from the flavorful rye grain (secale cereale), Northern Rye also contains a percentage of corn and barley. Each individual grain is distilled separately, then precisely blended together before aging in high-quality second-fill American oak barrels for roughly seven years, before a portion is moved to new American oak barrels for additional aging. After a minimum of nine years total aging, the final Northern Rye in this bottle is produced from a blend of these two finished whiskies.
Another key differentiation between Northern Rye and Straight Rye is northern climate maturation. Resting in an ambient-temperature rick house located in the unique 45th parallel microclimate creates character from variable wood contact and a highly volatile aging environment. The resulting spirit is almost impossible to reproduce using traditional American whiskey finishing techniques. The final blend with the new-oak-finished fraction adds a familiar touch of wood, but with a unique grain-forward palate that is versatile and elegant, emphasizing its crafting from quality ingredients, patient maturation and skillful blending.