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Denver Whiskey Club

posted Jun 23, 2018, 2:03 PM by Lucas Hohl
On Friday, June 22nd, I was invited to attend the Denver Whiskey Club's monthly gathering to discuss American Single Malt Whiskey, and my (Sand Creek's) interpretation of this "Hopeful" new class of spirit.  It was a wonderful event with very knowledgeable attendees and held in a private room of a beautiful cocktail bar (Ste Ellie).  I am very thankful (Thanks Ryan) and humbled for this opportunity to present for some fellow "whiskey geeks."  For those in the "What the hell is an American Single Malt?" category, I'll be brief.  Currently there is not a standard for American Single Malt Whiskey.  There is only a Malt Whiskey standard, and it is defined by federal regulation as a spirit made from at least 51% malted barley, distilled under 160-Proof, stored in New Charred Oak Barrels, and bottled at 80-proof or higher.  While the term "single malt' has historically been used by the Scotch Whisky industry and has a few more stipulations: 100% malted barley & produced at a single distillery.  In order to establish a "STANDARD OF IDENTITY," as the regulations term it, the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission was formed with the sole purpose of establishing such a standard in the applicable regulations of what an American Single Malt Whiskey is.  This is the ASMWC's proposed definition:
 *MADE FROM 100% MALTED BARLEY

*DISTILLED ENTIRELY AT ONE DISTILLERY

*MASHED, DISTILLED AND MATURED IN
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

*MATURED IN OAK CASKS OF A CAPACITY
NOT EXCEEDING 700 LITERS

*DISTILLED TO NO MORE THAN 160 (U.S.)
PROOF (80% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME)
*
BOTTLED AT 80 (U.S.) PROOF OR MORE
(40% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME)
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