January 17, 2011

Charbay Doubled & Twisted: Made from IPA

charbay_doubled_twisted_whiskey.jpgThere's a trend in the liquor industry right now toward making white whiskey (known to some as moonshine) in controlled, not going to make you go blind conditions. We've tried a few and they're often delicious - like the unaged, rough around the edges younger siblings of our favorite whiskeys. It makes sense for the liquor companies (less aging time means quicker to market and less overhead) and it makes sense for bartenders and drinkers who are on the lookout for new flavors.

Charbay takes the concept of a white whiskey and goes a step further. In simple terms, whiskey is a beer that has been distilled to make it more potent, and they have upped the ante for other producers by using high-end IPA (India Pale Ale) as the base for their Doubled & Twisted. An IPA-inspired beer? Sign us right the hell up. But what does it taste like? Here's what DrinkHacker had to say:

As white whiskey goes, it's pretty good. The IPA's hops come across quite clearly, which tempers the funk that is wholly unavoidable with unaged whiskeys and lends the whiskey more herbal and grain character than you'd think. It's still edgy and rough -- you can't get away from it with white dog -- but I do like what Karakasevic has done here. Now what would happen if he put this stuff in barrel for a few years....

Learn more and try to get your hands on one of the 1200 bottles that were made at Charbay.com.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 17, 2011 10:11 AM
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"white whiskey?" In Germany I had a liquor/apertif made by distilling beer. They called it "BierSchnaps," though. Wonder what's the difference?

Posted by: scottp at January 18, 2011 11:33 PM
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