Nevada Whiskey distillery Frey Ranch has announced the inaugural release of its new ‘Smoked Series’ with its limited-edition Frey Ranch American Single Malt Smoked Whiskey.
“American Single Malts are having a moment, so we figured this was an opportune time to showcase our Nevadagrown and harvested barley – putting our personal stamp on it by smoking it,” said Frey Ranch Co-Founder and Whiskey Farmer Colby Frey.
A testament to the Frey’s ingenuity, the expression uses barley grown on the farm to create 100% of the mashbill, as well as a smoker that Frey fashioned himself from an old grain silo and fireplace to ensure the whiskey was smoked rather than roasted.
Additionally, Colby made his own peat from decomposed plant matter from the farm – pressing it into bread pans and dehydrating it to smoke the whiskey for the desired taste profile properly.
“Like everything we do at the Ranch, the team and I had some fun putting together our custom smoker – taking a few days to weld, cut and wire it to our precise specifications,” Frey continued.
Designed as a sipping whiskey, the result is a rich, robust American Single Malt that pairs beautifully with smoked gouda, blue cheese, or chocolate. On the nose, the whiskey emits aromas of campfire, huckleberry, and sweet pipe tobacco.
On the palate, hints of leather with a thick yet soft mouth feel. The finish dazzles with a lingering yet exquisite taste of sweet cigarillo.
As one of the only true estate distilleries in the world, Frey Ranch Distillery’s distinctive approach to whiskey production has paid off in spades. Today, Frey Ranch is one of the top-selling ultra-premium bourbons in the U.S. and one of the largest whiskey producers on the West Coast.
Having recently expanded its on-premise and retail presence in Arizona, Georgia, Ohio and Texas earlier this year, in October 2023, Frey Ranch Distillery was awarded “Spirits Brand of the Year” by the illustrious industry drinks publication VinePair.