SanTan Spirits, the distilling side of SanTan Brewing Company, is releasing its newest award winner – Butcher Jones, Straight Rye Whiskey, Cask Strength. Available for purchase at Spirit House in Downtown Chandler and at the SanTan Brewing Company production facility in Chandler.
“Butcher Jones is unique to American Rye Whiskeys because of it’s high barley grain bill. This helps to balance out the spirit profile as it barrel ages in the harsh Arizona climate,” said Anthony Canecchia, founder + brewmaster, SanTan Spirits and SanTan Brewing Company.
Butcher Jones Arizona Straight Rye Whiskey, Cask Strength is brewed with North American Rye, 2-Row Barley and a kiss of corn. SanTan Spirits are brewed using malted barley to balance the fruity rye spice with the caramel malt sweetness of barley. Butcher Jones is distilled in artisan pot stills and aged in new American oak for a minimum of two years. Our distillers believe that cask strength represents the soul of the barrel. The flavor is described as bright fruit, cherry cola, baking spices in a bed of maple caramel.
- GOLD MEDAL – 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- DOUBLE GOLD – 2019 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
“At SanTan Spirits, our whiskey is curated over a period of 2-4 years to achieve the flavor profile we are looking for. Our method of E’Levage involves rotating our barrels to different climates during their aging process. We have an amazing advantage here in Arizona with the dry climate and heat, it allows each batch to breath deep into the wood,” continued Canecchia.
During the aging process, samples are taken and evaluated for development and maturity in flavor during development. Some batches are proofed slightly in the barrel in order to coax more sugars out of the staves. Next, barrels are blended to reduce the proof slowly to about 105 proof and then return them to the barrel so that they can condition for another 45-60 days. The final step is to proof each barrel by about 2% weekly until the target flavor is achieved.
SanTan offers tours of it’s production facility located at 495 E. Warner Road, Chandler, AZ 85225. For more information and to schedule a tour, visit https://santantours.com.