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Still Waters releases Stalk & Barrel Single Malt

April 11, 2013

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Vaughan, Ontario, April 16, 2013 – Still Waters Distillery announces the release of the first Single Malt Whisky to be distilled, aged and bottled in Ontario. STALK & BARREL SINGLE MALT WHISKY will be released on Saturday, April 27, 2013, exclusively at Still Waters Distillery’s on-site distillery retail store.

All STALK & BARREL SINGLE MALT WHISKY will be bottled as single cask offerings in individually numbered bottles. The whisky is made by hand from 100% Canadian two-row malted barley in small batches in a custom-built copper pot still. It is bottled with no chill-filtering or artificial colouring.

The initial release was drawn from the first few casks of whisky made at the distillery in 2009 and will be offered at full cask strength. A limited number of bottles will initially be available directly from the distillery.  Still Waters will also be offering Stalk & Barrel to Ontario residents online.

Supply really is small as the bulk of this new single malt has already been allocated to markets outside the province, including the US and Sweden. Future casks will be bottled and offered for sale as they mature.

Distiller and company co-founder, Barry Bernstein, said, “We set out to restore the tradition of small batch craft distilling in Ontario that goes back centuries. This whisky is the culmination of four years of hard work and patience.”

Barry Stein, co-founder and fellow distiller remarked, “We are already seeing incredible interest for our single malt whisky and have increased our production to meet future demand”.

Still Waters Distillery is Ontario’s first grain-to-glass micro-distillery. Their focus is on handmade whiskies, with their STALK & BARREL SINGLE MALT WHISKY being the first release. A rye whisky will be released in the future to extend the product line.

Still Waters Distillery has already established a stellar reputation among whisky aficionados with their  award-winning blended Canadian whisky, an award-winning single malt vodka, and a brandy.

A 46% barrel sample of Stalk & Barrel poured recently at Whisky Live in New York was rich, creamy and fruity and at 4 years of age had matured into a full-bodied sipper. This speaks well of these two new natural cask strength Canadian singe malts!

Cheers, Barry and Barry! and Slainte!  You did it. You brought craft distilling AND single malt whisky production to Ontario and you’ve done it with whisky we can all be proud of!  BRAVO!

As long as supplies hold out Stalk & Barrel can be purchased at Still Waters on-site retail distillery store. The shop is open Monday to Thursday
 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday
 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. If you can’t make it weekdays they have been known to open by appointment on Saturday or Sunday.

The shop and distillery are located at 150 Bradwick Drive,
Unit #26., in Concord, Ontario. That’s just on the northern edge of Toronto about 15 minutes north of the Downsview subway station, just south of Langstaff Road, and one block west of Dufferin St. 150 Bradwick is tucked in behind #140 and #160.

First impressions:

I have tasted Stalk and Barrel cask #3 (46%) and I find it quite flavourful but I am not ready to write tasting notes. It is young and it tastes young but it is very rich and creamy, fruity and spicy. If you want to experience a new, young, very well-crafted single malt whisky, this is a good place to start.

From Dave K.  I’m with you Davin. Just opened up my bottle of Cask #2 and I think your descriptors fruity, spicy, rich and creamy are right on the money, along with a nice barley sugar sweetness, and a very appealing waxiness. It is amazingly drinkable at cask strength, and swims like a champ. With water both the spice and wax grow a little but still backed by a wonderful fruitiness. I bought a bottle of Cask #1 and one of Cask #2 on Saturday, and if I wasn’t already home in North Carolina I’d go back and buy a couple more bottles. I really like the idea of supporting people that are taking a chance, doing something innovative, and making a great product in the process.

From my buddy, Blair in Toronto who is holding my bottles: Cask#1 It’s a prodigy like a young kid who plays the piano better than the older kid.

From @Bravado on twitter: You guys hit it way out of the park with cask #1 of Stalk & Barrel.

Bottling Stalk & Barrel on Youtube.

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  3. Marc:

    aleady cancelled my plans for next weekend in order to be one of the first to purchase a few bottles. Can’t wait.

    • Davin:

      Pretty sure I can’t make it, but it’s whisky history and I’d really like to be there too.

  4. GB:

    I know it just came out but does anyone have any tasting notes and/or impressions yet?

    Is a 3 year old whisky really worth $100?

    • Davin:

      Yes, I bought three bottles, AFTER having tasted cask 3 at 46%. It is young and it tastes young but it is very rich and creamy, fruity and spicy. If you are looking for Ardbeg 10, Glenfiddich 15, or Glenlivet French Oak then save your money. If, however, you want to experience a new young very well crafted single malt whisky, then it’s up to you how much you are willing to pay. I bought the 1 year old Arran, the 2 year old and the 3 year old, when Arran was just getting started. I have tasted the Stalk and Barrel and I find it quite flavourful.

      • Dave K.:

        I’m with you Davin. Just opened up my bottle of Cask #2 and I think your descriptors fruity, spicy, rich and creamy are right on the money, along with a nice barley sugar sweetness, and a very appealing waxiness. It is amazingly drinkable at cask strength, and swims like a champ. With water both the spice and wax grow a little but still backed by a wonderful fruitiness. I bought a bottle of Cask #1 and one of Cask #2 on Saturday, and if I wasn’t already home in North Carolina I’d go back and buy a couple more bottles. Obviously at $100 there are a lot of great whiskies to choose from, but I really like the idea of supporting people that are taking a chance, doing something innovative, and making a great product in the process.

    • GB:

      Thanks Davin and Dave. I bought a bottle of Cask #1 earlier today based on your recommendation. Looking forward to trying it.

    • Hi GB,
      I’ve included some of my notes for you below and a link to the full review if you’re interested. I’m not sure which cask it was from but it was incredibly delicious and worth the price of a bottle. I absolutely loved it.

      NOSE
      Malted barley, vanilla, banana, some wood and a bit astringent.

      TASTE
      The malt packs a wallop here and it’s accompanied by some delicate notes of citrus, vanilla, mild caramel, toffee and some woody hints.

      Full review here if you’re interested -> http://thewhiskeyjug.com/canadian-whiskey/stalk-barrel-single-malt/

  5. Bushido:

    Davin,

    The three inaugural bottlings have hit the shelves locally in Chicago. I purchased cask#1 and I am duly impressed. It shows a lot of promise from a fledgling micro distillery. I hope that they can hang on long enough through selling other spirits to allow some of their stocks to mature and to also produce the other classic ingredients of Canadian Whisky (read rye). It seems there is a quiet stirring in the GWN that is very exciting to us long-time enthusiasts of the style.

    Cheers, B

    • Davin:

      Hi Bushido,
      Yes, it is quite heartening to taste the early bottlings. Like you I am waiting for impatiently for some longer aged whisky. They are distilling rye like crazy these days and early samplings say it too will be outstanding.

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