The Redwood Empire stretches from San Francisco to Humbolt Bay and on to the Oregon border. It is a rugged, sparsley 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.
Lost Monarch Straight Whiskey Blend
Named after the world’s largest coastal Redwood, Lost Monarch whiskey has a name to live up to. An award winning bourbon-rye blend with an exceptional balance of sweetness and spice. The perfect choice for those who just can’t decide between rye or bourbon, this is absolutely the best of both worlds.
60% Rye Whiskey, (95% Rye, 5% malted Barley)
40% Bourbon Whiskey (75% Corn, 21% raw Rye, 4% malted Barley)
Nose: Complex, with clove, cinnamon, vanilla, orange citrus zest and butterscotch notes, and an intriguing hint of sandalwood.
Palate: Sweetness from corn and spiciness from rye combine with an almost maple syrup like flavour. Vanilla and caramel notes lead to a persistent, yet subdued peppery finish.
Finish: Toffee ice cream with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, cinnamon, dry oak.