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73% malted rye and 27% specialty barley malts, adding a distinctive toasty quality to the rye spice that makes the spirit unique, and underscores its connection to Tenderfoot. Gin presents another avenue for exploration. Wood’s Mountain Hopped Gin uses Cascade hops as one of its botanicals, riffing on Colorado’s longstanding status as a craft beer mecca and adding a citrusy, resinous note. Treeline Barrel Rested Gin has a byzantine production process, involving three different aging regimes,

with some components spending up to two years in the cask. “What a nightmare, but it’s delicious,” laughs PT. A brand-new product, Blue Yonder Gin, relies on butterfly pea flowers to add a soft floral note (no “grandma perfume” flavor here, says PT) and also impart a brilliant indigo color. Even better, thanks to the magic of anthocyanin chemistry, that color is pH reactive. Add some acid—say, a healthy pour of white vermouth—and the spirit transforms into a deep violet “It really dresses up your martinis and makes

it super sexy,” says PT. “It’s fun for the bartender, and the consumer.” Still, there are some lines that PT won’t cross. “I was reading about somebody aging Scotch in herring barrels,” says PT. Then he laughs and shakes his head. The odds seem good the world won’t be seeing any fish-finished whiskeys from Wood’s High Mountain anytime soon.

Wood’s High Mountain Distillery is located in Salida, CO. For more information visit woodsdistillery.com or call (719) 207-4315.

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Artisan Spirit: Winter 2017  
Artisan Spirit: Winter 2017  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.