Frey Ranch Distillery: Where American Individualism Meets Quality Whiskey
When it comes to finding exceptional bourbons without breaking the bank, Frey Ranch Distillery is a name that can’t be overlooked. Since its inception in 2006, this distillery has consistently been making waves in the industry. In fact, their Single Barrel Straight Bourbon was even featured on our list of best bourbons under $50 in 2023. Now, Frey Ranch is taking advantage of their success by introducing their latest addition to the Smoked Series – the American Single Malt Smoked Whiskey.
Crafted with care and aged for over six years, this top-shelf sipper packs a punch at 110 proof. The distinct nose of campfire and huckleberry is perfectly complemented by a finish of sweet cigarillo. It’s clear that this whiskey is a must-have for any discerning bourbon connoisseur’s collection.
But what sets Frey Ranch apart from the competition extends beyond the flavors of their spirits. The distillery embodies rugged American individualism, and it is evident in everything they do. Unlike many other distilleries that rely on external suppliers, Frey Ranch grows all of the barley used in their mash bill right on their own farm in Fallon, Nevada. From planting and growing to harvesting and processing, every single step is done on-site. This level of dedication and attention to detail is truly remarkable and is the reason why Frey Ranch has gained a loyal following in such a short amount of time.
In fact, there are only a handful of distilleries worldwide that can boast of this level of self-sufficiency. Colby and Ashley Frey, the co-founders of Frey Ranch Distillery, have transformed their 1,500-acre farm into something truly special. It is this commitment to excellence that led to their distillery being awarded VinePair’s Spirits Brand of the Year in October 2023.
While a blind taste test may lead many to mistake Frey Ranch’s Smoked Whiskey for a scotch, it cannot legally be labeled as such. The term “scotch” is reserved for whiskies produced in Scotland, as the smoky flavor profile is traditionally associated with the region. Typically, scotch whisky is smoked using peat, a non-renewable resource that is becoming increasingly expensive. However, Frey Ranch found an innovative solution to this problem.
Embracing the DIY ethos, the distillery uses the dead plant matter accumulated on their farm to create their own peat. This alternative method involves pressing the plant matter into bread pans and dehydrating it, producing a sustainable source of smoke for their barley. Taking this resourcefulness to the next level, Colby Frey and Master Distiller Russell Wedlake transformed an old grain silo into a smoker using a fireplace. It’s truly inspiring to witness the lengths people will go to ensure an exceptional glass of hooch.
With the release of their American Single Malt Smoked Whiskey, Frey Ranch Distillery continues to impress, and we cannot wait to experience what they have in store for us next. If you’re as eager as we are to get your hands on a bottle of this beautiful American whiskey, head over to the Frey Ranch website, where it is currently available for $59. Don’t miss out on the chance to taste the embodiment of American individualism in each sip.
Original Article: Tasting Table.