Long Island Spirits, producer of Pine Barrens whisky, was founded in 2007 and is the first distillery on the island since the 1800s. Their main source of revenue is LiV Vodka (made 100% from potatoes), which sells 70000 bottles a year.
The company approach to whisky is quite unorthodox. Pine Barrens single malt whisky is double distilled from bottle-ready Old Howling Bastard Beer containing 10% abv and 70 IBUs (International Bittering Units). The spirit is aged for about a year in new American petite (10-galon) charred oak casks and bottled at 47.5% abv. Pine Barrens whisky has been released in small batches since 2012. Our bottle was part of batch # 13.
Nose: malty with a note of hops, vanilla, caramel, toasted grain, fresh pine wood, green tea, lemon peel and hay.
Palate: toasted bread, hoppy beer, grapefruits, bitter orange marmalade, brown sugar, vanilla, cloves and hints of pine needles.
Finish: not too long and pretty woody, with notes of bitter citrus, vanilla and nutmeg.