4 Stars / "Highly Recommended" - F. Paul Pacult's Spirits Journal
Located in St. Helena, California, Charbay is an independent winery and distillery owned and operated by Miles and Marko Karakasevic. Although originally known for their wine and brandy, they have expanded their portfolio over the years to include high quality vodka, rum, liqueur, tequila, and most recently, whiskey.
Charbay "Release S" Hop Flavored Whiskey is distilled from bottle-ready Big Black Bear Stout beer from their neighbors, Bear Republic Brewery and aged for 29 months in used French Oak barrels. The Big Black Bear Stout has over five different malts, as well as adjuncts and several different hop varieties. Six thousand gallons of beer is distilled in their copper alambic pot still to produce 590 gallon of Charbay S Whiskey. On the nose, this flavorful whiskey offers fruity and herbal aromas, backed by a subtle note of chocolate malt and brown spice. The palate offers intricate notes of hard candy, lemons, roasted coffee, melon and candied orange followed by hoppy flavor. Distinct aromas of the stout appears on the long, warming finish.
Product of California
Alcohol by Volume: 49.50%