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Sawatch American Malt Whiskey

Sawatch American Malt Whiskey

Sawatch American Malt Whiskey, named for the 14’er filled Sawatch Mountain range that towers over Salida and stores the water that we use to make our whiskey, represents the next evolution in Wood’s whiskey offerings. Sawatch is created from our special blend of malted grains including 2-row barley, cherrywood smoked barley malt, dark chocolate barley malt, malted rye, and malted wheat. Finally, aged 4-5 long years in 53-gallon new American oak barrels and bottled at 49-50.5% ABV (98-101 proof) – for a whiskey as big as the Sawatch range.

Rye spice, dark chocolate, malt, toffee, oak, vanilla, subtle smoke, tobacco, hard candy and just the right amount of heat for a 101-proof whiskey. A big bold, spicy, example of the New American Malt Whiskeys that sticks to the mouth with a beautifully long finish.

Sawatch is an American Malt whiskey* made from 100% malted grains. The mash bill is:

  • 77% malt barley, including two specialty grains: chocolate malt (6%) and cherry smoked malt (9%)
  • 13% malt-rye
  • 10% malt wheat

Sawatch is twice-distilled and aged at 118-barrel entry proof in 53-gallon #3-charred New American oak barrels supplied from Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, KY.

Tenderfoot American Malt Whiskey

Tenderfoot American Malt Whiskey

Tenderfoot Malt Whiskey

Tenderfoot American Malt whiskey is made from three types of malt barley (including two-row plus a blend of chocolate and cherry wood malts), malt rye and malt wheat to give it balance with a hint of smoke, chocolate and a long spicy finish. It’s not a “Single Malt” since we use malted rye and malted wheat in the mashbill, rather this is a whiskey that is pioneering the return of the little-known category of Malt whiskey. This young whiskey’s age is belied by the intense effects of aging at 7089ft (2159m) in the Colorado mountains. Aged two-years in #1 Char New American oak barrels, and bottled at 45% (90 proof).

Tenderfoot Whiskey has a rating of 85 points from Whiskey Advocate, and an 89 point “highly recommended” rating from the Beverage Tasting Institute

How do we make our whiskey?

Tenderfoot is a malt whiskey made from 100% malted grains.  The mash bill is:

  • 77% malt barley, including two specialty grains: chocolate malt (6%) and cherrywood smoked malt (9%)
  • 13% malt-rye
  • 10% malt wheat

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Alpine Rye Whiskey

It is aged for two years in new oak barrels and bottled in Limited Release batches, so it is only available a few times a year.

Alpine Rye features a mash bill of 73% malt-rye and 27% specialty barley malts. Aged a minimum of two years in new charred American oak barrels. Spicy rye malt and specialty barley malts make a unique, assertive rye whiskey that has a flavor profile of smoky rye spice, followed by a hint of dark chocolate, orange peel, and cinnamon toast and finishes with caramel, coffee and spice. Bottled at 49% ABV, Limited Supplies.

Alpine Rye Whiskey received a rating of 91 points from Whiskey Advocate Magazine.

Alpine Rye is a rye whiskey made from 100% malted grains.  The mash bill is:

  • 73% malted rye
  • 5% chocolate barley malt
  • 5% cherry wood smoked barley malt

Dawn Patrol Single Malt Whiskey

Dawn Patrol Single Malt Whiskey

This is a special whiskey named for hard-core skiers who are up before dawn to snag powder lines while others sleep. This whiskey, which honors those intrepid skiers (oh yeah – and British WWI Flying Aces), started out five years ago as an experiment with cherry-wood smoked malt barley. We wanted to see what would happen if we made a whiskey with a significant percentage of cherry-wood smoked barley (in this case 45%) and the balance of two-row malted barley. We aged it for five years in #3 new American oak and with the magic of high-altitude Colorado aging we have a produced a fully mature spirit that stands up to the legacy of early-morning ski mountaineers and WWI fighter pilots alike. Dawn Patrol, like all our whiskies, is a big whiskey that is bursting with leather, smoke, chocolate and baking spices. It’s wonderfully balanced and the finish goes forever.

This Limited Release typically consists of only 250 bottles per release. It is  only available in the Salida Tasting Room or for online orders.


55% two-row malted barley
45% Cherrywood smoked malted barley
Aged 5 years in #3-charred New American Oak

49% ABV

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