Independent bottler Two Souls Spirits recently announced their 2022 Winter Collection, featuring three single barrel, limited-releases from two craft distilleries: Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, New York and Yahara Bay Distillers in Madison, Wisconsin.
A statement from Two Souls explains that all three whiskeys are 100 percent uncut and unfiltered and will be available exclusively for online purchase.
“These are barrels that we hand-selected with the holidays in mind,” said Two Souls Spirits Co-Founders James Estrada and Chad Civetti, in a prepared statement.
The independent bottlers noted that the 6-year rye and 8-year wheated bourbon from Finger Lakes Distilling are rich, oak-leaning whiskeys suited for colder weather.
“They are also extremely rare, with Finger Lakes producing only a very small amount of whiskey of these ages and mash bills. The 8-year rye from Yahara Bay Distillers is actually the sister barrel to our HAZMAT rye in the inaugural Fall Release,” the duo added. “This rye is also HAZMAT, but was finished in a rum barrel to better showcase the sweeter notes of the rye. We couldn’t be happier with how these whiskeys turned out.”
Two Souls Spirits follows the Scottish model of independent bottling by focusing solely on spirits from craft distilleries, with transparency from start to finish.
“We are committed to true collaboration and sharing our partner’s stories and products with a national audience,” James said. “Yahara Bay Distillers and Finger Lakes Distilling are great examples of the kind of producers we envisioned partnering with when we started Two Souls Spirits.”
He said their products are not only distinctive and innovative, but also “as good or better than any of the products you will find on the shelf at your local liquor store. More people need to know about the exceptional quality of whiskey being produced by these and other American craft distilleries.”
Two Souls Spirits 2022 Winter Collection distiller’s notes:
Yahara Bay Distillers 8-year-old Rum Finished Rye Whiskey
- 146.96 proof
- 158 bottles
- The sister barrel to the inaugural YB1 release, this rye whiskey has a heavier dose of dry oak on the palate. It had a three-month finish in a HAZMAT rum barrel, bringing a combination of sweet and spicy notes.
6-Year Finger Lakes New York Straight Rye
- 105.30 proof
- 196 bottles
- This rye from Finger Lakes Distilling is packed with rich notes of caramel apples and vanilla alongside waves of warming cinnamon and baking spices. It has a lingering dry finish.
8-Year Finger Lakes New York Straight Wheated Bourbon
- 105.66 proof
- 113 bottles
- This whiskey packs a punch of classic, sweet bourbon notes (toffee, vanilla) alongside layers of oak, barrel spice, and earthiness. It has a smooth, round mouthfeel of a well-aged wheated bourbon.
For more information or to get a bottle, check out www.twosoulsspirits.com.