The Redwood Empire stretches from San Francisco to Humbolt Bay and on to the Oregon border. It is a rugged, sparsely populated area still dominated by forest, including the protected groves of Muir Woods and the massive forests of the Humboldt Redwoods. A redwood forest is a perfectly balanced ecosystem where every element works in harmony. The grandeur of the redwoods can be experienced throughout the Northern California backyard of Sonoma County.
The distillery itself is in the heart of the Russian River Valley wine region. It was carved out of the buildings originally housing an apple canning and processing plant owned by the Hallberg family, one of the area’s preeminent families during “West County’s” apple production heyday. The Hallbergs were known for producing a wide variety of apple products, mainly under the Redwood Empire label. Today, the facility and the climate make this the ideal place to make great whiskey.
Each whisky in the range is named for an iconic Redwood tree and features unique and disruptive woodcut art depicting different caricatures of John Muir, known as the “Father of the USA’s National Parks.” John Muir was an influential naturalist and early advocate for the preservation of the American wilderness.
Emerald Giant Rye
Named after the fastest growing Redwood in the world, Emerald Giant is a fan favourite in the Rye world. Starting with a mash-bill of 95% premium rye and aged for over 3 years in new charred oak barrels. Spicy with an exceptionally smooth finish, it is a great choice in your classic whiskey cocktails.
95% Rye, 5% Malt Barley
Nose: Natural rye aroma followed by a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon with a faint hint of pepper.
Palate: Unparalleled spice complexity with smooth rye notes. a hint of honey and orange peel becomes peppery with a lingering cinnamon finish.
Finish: Lingering honey and cassia.