In a Shot: I bought a locally produced whiskey barrel for my Dad's birthday and took him to a local single malt distillery.
Management Of Malt all run this distillery around the clock.
Dad absolutely loved it!
The tour at Wasmund's was absolutely fascinating. The whole family had such a great time and there was something for everyone along the way up there. Historical Sperryville had stuff for the civil war buffs, Thorton's Grille was a total foodie's delight, the Blue Ridge Mountains and farms for my wife and the antique shops along the way for the whole family. The distillery though was great, we met the whole Wasmund family and got to walk through everything. We tasted the barley as it was malting on the floor, sampled corn for a future 'bourbon mash' style whisky they are experimenting with right now, smelled and handled the apple and cherry wood chips from the hot smoking kiln room (top and bottom) to the barrels and stills to the tiny barrel house in the back.
Tasting: Let me begin by saying that the un-aged rye and single malt 'spirits' aka moonshine are absolutely vile! They are raw ethanol and are very hard to palate (both are 124 proof!), but inspecting both I was able to still identify that overtly smokey, woody and sweet flavor from those cherry and apple wood chips.
Click Here to Visit Wasmund's Distillery Located in Sperryville, VA
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