Sonoma County Distilling Company was founded in 2010 by Adam Spiegel, who previously “worked with great master distillers and blenders”.
It is grain to glass operation, where every stage of production is handled in-house, including the milling, mashing and fermentation of grains, distillation in copper alembic pot still, aging, barreling and bottling. Adam sources non-GMO California grains and smokes malted barley locally in Petaluma with California cherry wood. Sonoma Cherrywood Smoked Bourbon is distilled from mash composed of 67% corn from, 20% rye (both grains sourced form California and Canada) and 13% of cherry wood smoked barley originally sourced form Wyoming. The whiskey is aged in charred white American oak barrels for a minimum of 15 months.
Nose: sour cherries, vanilla, caramel, allspice, clove, oak shavings, touch of leather and fading hint of smoke.
Palate: cherry pie, red currant jam, orange peel, allspice, nutmeg, roasted peanuts, vanilla and subtle smokiness.
Finish: medium long, mildly smoky, with notes of pepper, nutmeg, caramel, vanilla and oak.