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Swing States

As the Presidential election nears, a New Yorker can’t help but wonder how other states might react to the issues.

Take Utah, the home of High West Distillery, which in 2008 won Double Gold in the World Spirits Competition for their Rendezvous Rye (a marriage of a straight 6 year old containing 95% rye and 5% barley malt, and a straight 16 year old containing 80% rye, 10% corn and 10% barley malt.  Utah is also the state that cast the deciding vote to repeal Prohibition.  The 36th Vote is now a barreled Manhattan made from 2 parts High West’s Double Rye, 1 part sweet vermouth and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters.  It is then aged in a 2 year old rye whiskey barrel for 120 days.

Colorado likes their whiskey straight from the Rocky Mountains.  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is aged for a minimum of 2 years in new charred-oak barrels.  It is non-chill filtered and hand-made in small batches.  It is also 94 Proof.

In Oregon Ransom Wine & Spirits appeals to both the old and the young.  Their Old Tom Gin is a historically accurate revival of the predominant Gin in fashion during the mid 1800’s, the golden age of American cocktails, and then there is Whippersnapper Oregon Whiskey.  Although young, it is obsessively pot distilled and re-distilled and is quite heavy on malted barley, and aromatically is more similar to a non-peated scotch or Irish whiskey.

So no matter if the state is red or blue, you know that you can count on some mighty fine brown spirits to help to raise yours.  They are all winners!


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