Four craft distilleries recently brought together four unique styles to make a new kind of American whiskey, Borrowed Page Volume 1, the inaugural limited release.
Brought together by American Mash & Grain, the partnership will see several releases, each volume different from the last, and each weaving what’s described as the tale of an American collaboration, the blending of culture, craft, and passion.
“For so long, American whiskey has been thought of as one thing,” said Devin Ershow, CEO American Mash & Grain, in a prepared statement. “There are a growing number of craft producers in the U.S. that are working hard to challenge this convention and establish their own local identity of American Whiskey.”
“American whiskey is as diverse in thought, expression and approach as America itself,” added Chase Langdon, with American Mash & Grain. “We wanted to create a product that highlighted some of the many pioneers, leaders and innovators working hard to redefine American-made whiskey.”
Volume 1 is a blend of bourbon, rye and single malt whiskey. The blends come from:
- 34% Watershed Distillery, Columbus, OH (Straight Bourbon – 72% corn, 21% rye, 7% malted barley)
“The passion Devin and Chase put into this project shows through in their whiskey. Borrowed Page is an authentic collection of spirits and people that have come together to create something special. We are excited about this partnership and are certain these bottles will sell out quickly,” said Greg Lehman, founder/CEO of Watershed Distillery.
- 32% Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh, PA (Pennsylvania Straight Rye – 70% rye, 17% wheat, 13% malted barley)
“We are so thrilled to partner up with American Mash & Grain. Our blender, Taylor Bostock, picked one of our favorite rye barrels from our barrelhouse for this blend to represent Pennsylvania Monongahela Rye. Devin and Chase have brought together some of the most innovative and dedicated craft spirit makers in the U.S. to create a blend that captures the best flavors of this moment in craft distilling. We are so proud to be a part of the Borrowed Page project,” said Alexander Grelli, co-founder and owner of Wigle Whiskey.
- 24% Spirits of French Lick, West Baden Springs, IN (Lee Sinclair Bourbon – 60% corn, 17% wheat, 13% oats, 10% malted barley)
“American Mash and Grain have been great supporters of Spirits of French Lick and craft distilling in general. When we heard they wanted to focus on making a blended whiskey using craft spirits it went without saying that we wanted to be as much a part of that project as we possibly could be. The American craft whiskey movement has become, in recent years, a true talking point in regards to quality, unique flavors, and the expansion of the American whiskey experience.
“Using these unique profiles to produce a blended whiskey and present it to an expanded audience that may not be familiar with each independent contributor is a great way to create new customers interested in exploring what once was fringe but is now re-writing what American whiskey distilling can be. It was our distinct pleasure to include a unique 62 gallon, Number 2 char barrel, of our Lee W. Sinclair Bourbon to the project,” said Alan Bishop, head of distillery spirits for French Lick.
- 10% Whiskey Del Bac, Tucson, AZ (single malt blend of 25% mesquite smoked single malt and 75% classic single malt)
“We love what the team at American Mash & Grain is doing with the Borrowed Page project and are honored to be included. History is being made right now in American whiskey as we and other incredible distilleries across the country are crafting American single malts with our own stamps of place and terroir. It’s an exciting time for both whiskey makers and drinkers,” said Stephen Paul, co-founder/president of Hamilton Distillers Group-Whiskey Del Bac.
The makers of Borrowed Page Volume 1 explain that the whiskey has notes of butterscotch, maple syrup, tobacco, cinnamon, and mesquite barbecue smoke. It clocks in at 59% ABV, 118 proof. The whiskey will be sold exclusively on the Mash & Grain website, www.mashngrain.myshopify.com, for $75 per 750mL bottle.