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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Founders Darek Bell and Andrew Webber, friends from school,  started  home-brewing beer and wine in Darek and Amy Lee Bell’s garage. Whilst  working on a prototype bio-diesel plant they hit a snag  causing an off the cuff remark from Andrew “that making whiskey would be much more satisfying”. The idea stuck, and the two soon found themselves studying distilleries and spirits, from this the Corsair Distillery was founded.

 

Corsair Artisan Distillery is a small craft spirits company with distilleries in Bowling Green, KY and Nashville, TN.

 

Specialising in very small batches of spirits – just a few cases at a time – in the companies pot stills. Everything’s made by hand, from production to bottling

 

Bowling Green Facility 

At the Bowling Green location a 50 gallon hybrid pot still, custom made by Vendome Copper in Louisville, is used to make a variety of different products from absinthe to gin to whiskey.

 

There are four plates in the still’s column, each of which can be disabled, giving the flexibility to distil various spirits.

 

For example; By disabling the column and shunting the  spirit vapours to still’s vapour basket to produce gin-head style gin. Extracting the flavours of gin’s botanicals via vapour, rather than soaking the juniper and other herbs in liquid alcohol, yields less bitterness and produces  a brighter, fresher gin.”

 

The Tennessee Brewhouse, Distillery & Taproom

In early 2010, Corsair Artisan officially became a licensed brewery and distillery in the state of Tennessee. The Nashville facility is located in the Marathon Motorworks Village.  This historic building, located at 1200 Clinton St, is the former home of Yazoo Brewery.  

 

This location provides the setting for brewing all of the whiskey mash for Corsair

 

In addition to all the needed brewing equipment, Corsair’s Nashville facility also boasts a 240 gallon still.  This still (formally housed at the Bowling Green location) is a circa 1920 classic pot still that survived prohibition.

 

Originally a gin still, it is used for the first or “wash” pass when making whiskey. The unfinished whiskey spirit resulting from the first distillation, called low wines, is then finished in the 50 gallon spirit still..

 

Triple Smoke Whiskey

Three fractions of malted barley, each smoked by a different fuel – cherry wood, peat, and beechwood – to craft this deeply complex whiskey. Pot distilled then barrelled in new charred oak, Triple Smoke has the sweetness and barrel notes of an American Whiskey and a

single malt’s rich smoke, broadened by tones of cherry and beech. Excellent mixed or neat. The fact that this is released as a Single Barrel ensures each bottle is exquisite, offering up subtle nuances to the taster.

 

Quinoa Whiskey

Quinoa adds an earthy and nutty flavor to the whiskey. Quinoa can be bought as either red or white seeds. It can often be found malted, as it germinates easily and quickly. Quinoa is a grain crop grown for its seeds. It is actually is more closely related to beets and spinach than other grains.

 

Quinoa Whiskey Awards

2011 New York International Spirits Competition - Silver,

2012 American Distillers Institute Awards - Bronze,

 

Wry Moon

Made in very small batches, First distilled in the antique whiskey wash still then the handmade pot still to craft this un-aged rye whiskey. These hand worked stills preserve the peppery, spicy cereal taste of rye - resulting in a moonshine full of character.

 

Wry Moon Style

Peppery, Cereal, Full. Crafted For Cocktails.

 

Pumpkin Spice Moonshine

As the weather begins to get crisper, they figured you should have a spirit specially designed to keep you warm, so they created Pumpkin Spice Moonshine.

 

This unusual white dog whiskey is inspired by pumpkin ales. First pot distil malted barley and malted wheat to make a sweet malt whiskey. Next they load the pot still’s vapour basket with ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and pumpkin, then redistill the whiskey to infuse and marry all the flavours.  ---There you have Pumpkin pie in a glass!!

 

Pumpkin Spice Moonshine Tasting Notes

Pie spices come forward first followed by the full sweet flavour of the pumpkin and malt whiskey. Great in a Manhattan.

 

Experimental Spirits

At Corsair they are always pushing the envelope to produce spirits that are unmatched in flavour and character.  From unique vapour infusions to non-traditional whiskey mashbills, they are developing spirits that are mixable and pleasant on their own.  

 

Aged Rye – The aged version of the Wry Moon, made with 100% malted Rye.  Deep flavours with a lasting oak finish.

 

100% Rye

2010 International Review of Spirits Awards, -Silver, BTI

2010 American Distillers Institute Awards - Bronze,

2011 American Distillers Institute Awards - Silver,

2011 MicroLiquor Spirits Awards Gold,

 

Rymageddon

2012 American Distillers Institute Awards Silver,

 

Aged Bourbon – Classic Kentucky Spirit created with Corsair style.

 

Nashville Bourbon (Cherry Smoked Bourbon)

2012 American Distillers Institute Awards Silver,

 

Rasputin – Russian Imperial Stout whiskey infused with hops to maintain as much of the original “beer” flavours as possible.

World Beverage Competition - Platinum,

NY International Spirits Competition Awards - Bronze,

 

Wormwood Wit – Traditional Belgian wheat beer infused with wormwood and hops.

2010 American Distillers Institute Awards - Gold,

 

4 Grain Whiskey – Traditional whiskey flavour with the versatility needed to match a variety of needs.

 

Graniac 9 Grain Bourbon

2012 American Distillers Institute Awards -

Best of Class, Best of Category, and Gold,

 

Oatmeal Stout Whiskey – Nutty character meets woody sweetness.

2012 American Distillers Institute Awards - Silver,

2011 American Distillers Institute Awards - Bronze,

 

Chocolate Mocha Porter Whiskey – They have added natural rich chocolate and bold coffee flavours to a smooth barley/corn mashbill.

 

Czech Pils American Malt Whiskey

2012 American Distillers Institute Awards- Silver,

 

Cherrywood Smoke

2012 American Distillers Institute Awards - Bronze,

 

Citra Whiskey

2012 American Distillers Institute Awards - Best of Category, Gold,

 

Elderflower Bohemian Whiskey

2012 American Distillers Institute Awards - Bronze,

 

Hopmonster

NY International Spirits Competition Awards - Silver,

Corsair Artisan Distillery (KY) & (TN)

Bourbons, Moonshines and Rye Whiskies

Images Kindly supplied by Corsair Artisan

Corsair Artisan Distillery

400 East Main Street #110

Bowling Green, KY 42101

(270) 904-2021

 

Visits and Tours Available Please Contact the distillery

for details before Travelling.

 

Corsair Artisan Distillery

1200 Clinton Street #110

Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 200-0320

Corsair Artisan

Also Produce;

 

Gin-Head Style Gin Gold Medal

Vanilla Bean Vodka

Red Absinthe

Spiced Rum

Award Winning Corsair Spirits and Whiskey

 

Corsair Triple Smoke Whiskey

2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition - Gold Medal

2010 BTI Spirits Competition - Gold, 93 points

Artisan Whiskey of the Year, Whisky Advocate

2010 American Distillers Institute Awards - Silver,

2011 American Distillers Institute Awards - Bronze,

2011 MicroLiquor Spirits Awards - Gold,

 

Wry Moon

2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold,

2010 American Distillers Institute Awards -Silver,

 

Pumpkin Spice Moonshine

2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition- Bronze,

2011 MicroLiquor Spirits Awards – Bronze,

Images Kindly supplied by Corsair Artisan

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