Proof 90 (ABV 45%)
Our Straight Rye Whiskey is a true small batch, high-rye whiskey. Always aged in full size American oak barrels with a 70% rye 30% malted barley mash bill - this whiskey is spicy and bold as you would expect and yet incredibly rounded. Aged a minimum of 4 years.
Spirit Works Distillery was founded, in 2012 in the heart of Sonoma County in Sebastopol, California, by husband and wife team Timo and Ashby Marshall. The distillery is a highly respected and awarded craft spirits producer which house-ferments and distils craft Vodka, Gin, Sloe Gin, Barrel Gin, Barrel Reserve Sloe Gin and the all four-year Straight Wheat, Straight Rye, and Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey onsite. Lead by one of the few female distilling teams in the U.S., Spirit Works Distillery is continually voted as Best Craft Distillery and Testing Room in Sonoma County. Utilizing their industry recognized skills, Spirit Works Distillery has also been contracted to produce some other very successful spirit brands in the market.
GRAIN TO GLASS
The process at Spirit Works Distillery is simple: whole organic grain is delivered to the Distillery where it is milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, and bottled (or barreled) – entirely on-site. The female lead distilling team takes this grain to glass approach believing it allows for more control of all aspect of the process, creating final delicious spirits whose quality has been strictly monitored every step of the way.
The Distillery's hybrid pot still was custom built by Carl Distilleries, Germany’s oldest family of still makers. Its unique design, engineered and built specifically for us, allows for multiple distillation techniques, producing not only vodka and gin, but also whiskey. The still has several components: a 1,000 liter copper pot, with two very different rectifying columns. The first, shorter column with five plates, is used in our proprietary whiskey distillations. The second, taller column has 21 rectification plates and reaches 26 feet high. Through this piece of equipment the distillery is able to produce a pure base spirit at over 95% abv in just one finishing run. This process creates the house-made vodka used as the base spirit for the Gin, Barrel Gin, and Sloe Gin.
Husband and wife team, Timo and Ashby Marshall bring a combination of British tradition and New World innovation to Spirit Works Distillery. Timo hails from a small coastal village in southwest England, where his family has been refining their sloe gin recipe for generations, using sloes handpicked every autumn. Ashby, on the other hand, has a deep passion and impressive palate for whiskey and its complexity. She was born and raised on the West Coast and is proud to be the first distiller in her family. Ashby and Timo met while working together for several years as sailors on environmental research vessels. Eventually, they moved to San Francisco and began dreaming of creating something unique and sustainable together. Originally, they hoped to join forces with an established distillery and create a traditional sloe gin based on Timo’s family recipe. However, as they researched, the grain-to glass process quickly became a central focus. They wanted to be involved in every step of the production process, so they set out to start their own distillery. Together, Ashby and Timo spent several years visiting and learning in other distilleries, enrolling in courses and workshops around the country, and apprenticing under several grain-to-glass mentors. After many years of dreaming, learning and planning, they discovered the perfect community in West Sonoma County and set up shop in The Barlow in Sebastopol. Today, they can be found working side by side at the distillery with their dogs, Bandit and Echo, producing grain-to-glass Vodka, Gin, Sloe Gin, Barrel Gin - and all four year aged - Straight Wheat, Straight Rye, and Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Timo was also President of the California Distillers Guild from 2015-2016. They are incredibly excited to be able to share their passion and products made batch by batch, from grain to glass. Look out for their most recent release of a Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey currently available all across California.
2018 & 2019 BEST CRAFT DISTILLERY SONOMA COUNTY
2018 & 2019 TOP 10 Best Craft Whiskey Distillery
BOHEMIAN BEST OF SONOMA READERS CHOICE Best Micro distillery - Sonoma County 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
WINE INDUSTRY & SPIRITS AND BEER AWARDS Distillery Supplier Award
SILVER MEDAL Rye Whiskey
GOLD Straight Rye Whiskey
Nose - Bright aroma of baked apple, coffee, cedar, and leather
Palate - Clove, nutmeg, honeycomb, toasted coconut, and vanilla
Finish - Warm rounded spice
- 2.0 oz. SWD Straight Rye Whiskey
- .25 oz. Benedictine
- .25 oz. simple syrup
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir until cold. Strain over a large ice cube in a bucket or old-fashioned glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
- 2.0 oz. SWD Straight Rye Whiskey
- .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
- .5 oz. honey syrup (1 part honey : 1 part water)
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain over ice.
(Optional: Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon or nutmeg for some added spice and aromatics.)