10th Mountain Bourbon-Vail
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This whiskey hails from the town of Vail, Colorado and honors years of tradition and diversity in the Rocky Mountains. It is named after the 10th Mountain Division light infantry, a group of men who during World War II arrived in Vail to train with a mentality of strength and humility. Their minds were shaped by the rigors of warfare and the strain of the high elevation. It was a brave group of soldiers, so brave, in fact, that a modern day distillery has taken on their name. Their bourbon has made it into the highly esteemed Whiskey Flight found at The Buck Stops Here in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, which aims to exalt local Colorado whiskeys like the 10th Mountain Bourbon. The mash is composed of 75% corn and the rest a mix of rye and barley resulting in a warm amber color for the final product. To the olfactory sense, a medium sweetness with hints of vanilla, oak and honey. To start on the tongue, there is a nutty essence about the medium-bodied flavor, and the experience ends on notes of long, sweet vanilla. The whiskey itself is aged in charred oaken barrels to assist in the final flavor profiles it is to pick up on its journey from the fields to the bottle.
Woody Creek Rye-Basalt
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This local Colorado whiskey hails from Basalt. The Woody Creek distillery takes quality control very seriously. Between having their own farms and designing their own stills, you can trust you are getting the absolute top-notch whiskey in the land. All of the potatoes are harvested on site for the vodka and the rye is sourced from trusted Colorado farms. The spirits that leave the Woody Creek distillery are never diluted with neutral grain spirits from other distillers, so you can rest assured that the entirety of the bottle is up to the highest standards. The Colorado Rye is prepared with a 100% rye mash. The Colorado Rye from Woody Creek has been chosen to take part in the whiskey flight because it embodies exactly what a Colorado whiskey should be: local, bold, and high-quality. The Colorado rye boasts a complex and smooth flavor profile with pronounced white pepper on the palate. To the olfactory sense, a hint of citrus peel may linger momentarily, and the flavor on the palate will end on an oaky, vanilla flavor.
Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey-Denver
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The Leopold Brothers are Colorado natives, but their spirits were initially produced in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Production moved back to the brothers’ home state in 2008 for a more permanent home, seven years after the first spirits were rolled out. The Leopold Brothers, Scott and Todd, are a magical combination of experience for the distillery. Scott’s background is in sustainable manufacturing and water treatment systems; all of this shines through in the distilleries ecologically sound brewing systems. Todd’s background is purely alcohol production related. He studied malting and brewing at the Siebel Institute, then after graduation made his way to Europe to specialize in the production of lagers. During his time in Europe, he acted as an apprentice at several different breweries and distilleries. The American Small Batch Whiskey that the brothers produce is created using processes that are sure to enhance the flavors of the final product. The fermentation of their traditional sour mash (corn and rye) is kept at much lower temperatures, but not under refrigeration. The colder fermentation gives the final product a softer feel and a more subtle flavor overall. The distillate that comes from every distillation is barreled to enhance the flavor during the aging process only slightly; the final American Small Batch Whiskey is a 98 proof delight.
The Whiskey Flight
At The Buck Stops Here in Pagosa Springs, we value our local Colorado whiskeys and what they mean to our people and our economy. We respect the hard work that goes into ensuring the highest of standards in our local whiskey. To celebrate this, we have compiled our whiskey flight with the above alcohols. For $15, our patrons and visitors can come in and sample a 1-ounce taster of each. For an additional $5, a taster of Jameson can be thrown into the mix. The stories of how each distillery came to be shines through in the corresponding beverage. The passions and hard work are inevitably brought to light with the subtle quality of each of these fine local whiskeys. Come on by and have a taste.