Corsair Ryemageddon American Rye Whiskey
Corsair Ryemageddon American Rye Whiskey is distilled from a mash of 80% malted rye grains and 20% chocolate rye grains. After the grains have been harvested by local farmers, they are mashed and fermented before being twice distilled, first through Bell's antique wash still and then again through his 240-gallon copper-pot still. Corsair's small operation has no mechanized components — each step of the distillation process is completed by hand. " We make less in a year than a big distillery spills in a day," says Clay Smith, Corsair's Distillery Manager.
Once the whiskey has been distilled, it is aged in 15 gallon, charred American oak casks for just under one year. Following maturation, each batch of Ryemageddon Whiskey is brought to proof and bottled by hand. "Our products are extremely small batch,"adds Smith, "meaning that our largest run is 550 bottles."