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Mad River Rye Finished in Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Barrels.

The Mad River Valley Meets Napa Valley

In the almost-famous Mad River Valley, five villages and two ski areas abut rolling farmland along the flank of Vermont's Green Mountains. And since 2014, the Mad River Valley has become known for whiskey, among other grain-based libations.

Mad River Distillers ferments, distills and bottles a variety of whiskeys at their Warren, VT-based farm for distribution in New England, New York and California. One of the perennial best sellers is Revolution Rye, a whiskey distilled with roasted 'chocolate' rye from the Northeast, which adds a complex and aromatic cocoa/mocha note to the spicy nature of the organic rye grains.

A collaboration between the distillery and Caskforce

In 2018, Nick O’Connell approached Mad River Distillers with the idea for a unique collaborative whiskey, and the distillery jumped at the opportunity. O’Connell is the founder of Caskforce, a Boston-based retailer that curates cask- finished whiskey. He had his eye on some Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon barrels and thought a potential pairing between the wine barrels and Mad River Distillers Revolution Rye would work well together. Silver Oak ages their Cabernet in toasted American oak barrels, which both complements and contrasts the charred American oak in which the whiskey is matured.

O'Connell sourced the barrels and shipped them to Vermont, where Mad River Distillers filled the previous red wine-filled casks with aged Revolution Rye, a unique style whiskey with a rare 100 percent rye mashbill. With only five barrels aged in the Mad River Distillers rickhouse, the new limited release showcases the strengths of both the wine and the whiskey.

“I THOUGHT THE DARK BERRY AND WHITE PEPPER NOTES OF THE SILVER OAK CABERNET CASKS WERE THE PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO THE RICH COCOA NOTES OF MAD RIVER’S RYE WHISKEY,” O'CONNELL NOTED.

Mad River Distillers head distiller Alex Hilton agreed; ”The Silver Oak Cellars barrels heightened the roasted notes of the chocolate rye in our mashbill, while adding a lush velvet smoothness to the mouthfeel of the whiskey.”

The Mad River Rye Whiskey Finished in Silver Oak Barrels is priced at $54.99 per bottle and available beginning Friday, November 20 in Massachusetts and Vermont.

In MA:

November 20 - Dec 3 Exclusive at at Post Road Liquors in Wayland, Mass., and Upper Falls Beverage in Needham, Mass.

December 4th Onward Post Road Liquors, Wayland, Upper Falls Beverage, Needham, Julio's Liquors, Westborough. Check back for more retailers.

In VT: November 20 Onward

Mad River Taste Place, 89 Mad River Green, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Open Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm

Mad River Distillers, 137 St. Paul St. Burlington, VT 05401. Open Wed-Sun 2-6 pm

By in Cocktails, RUM 44 Comments Off on Dirty Chai Martini

Dirty Chai Martini

  • 4 oz RUM 44
  • 4 Chai tea bags
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 ounces cold brew coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • Star Anise

Instructions

~Makes 4~

Heat the water to almost boiling and steep the tea for 4 minutes. Discard the tea bags, and add in the maple syrup. Stir to combine and set to the side to cool. In a shaker pour espresso, rum, milk, and cooled chai over ice. Shake for about 8-10 seconds. Double strain into 4 martini glasses, garnish with star anise.

By in Cocktails, First Run Rum Comments Off on Winter Daiquiri

Winter Daiquiri

  • 2 ounces First Run Rum
  • ¼ ounce All-Spice Dram
  • ½ Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce Lime Juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake for about 8-12 seconds. Double strain into a chilled Daiquiri Coupe glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

By in Media & Events Comments Off on Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale!

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale!

Join us at our Burlington Tasting Room or online for our Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sales! 20% off all retail items (excludes alcohol).

Grab that shaker you've been wanting, experiment with a new bottle of bitters, stock up on Luxardo Cherries, and sport a Mad River Distillers t-shirt!

By in Media & Events Comments Off on Cocktail Recipes for Thanksgiving!

Cocktail Recipes for Thanksgiving!

Hot Toddy

It's getting chilly so what better way to warm up than a hot drink?

Bourbon Manhattan

A classic drink for a classic meal.

Smokey Bokey

If you're smoking your turkey, then you should also smoke your cocktail.

Daiquiri

We believe Daiquiris can be enjoyed with any meal!

Trinidad Sour

We recommend pairing this one with mashed potatoes.

PX Palmetto

The perfect night cap to top off that delicious meal you had!

From the Mad River Distillers family to yours, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

By in Media & Events Comments Off on In-person cocktail service suspended starting 11/15/2020

In-person cocktail service suspended starting 11/15/2020

We are unable to provide tastings and cocktails at our Burlington store beginning Sunday, November 15th. The State of Vermont has banned in-person service for bars and clubs due to rising Covid infections. For the most up to date travel information, please visit: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel.

Our retail store remains open 2pm – 6pm Wednesday – Sunday and we would love to send you home with some great spirits and cocktail ideas.

Virtual Cocktail Class for a Cause

Join us for a very special virtual cocktail class dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society of Vermont! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we're collaborating with the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign to raise funds all month long. Join Taylor as he walks you through how to make a Pink Lemonade and a Raspberry Daiquiri.
Class registration is by various donation packages:
$10 - Virtual Cocktail Class included
$20 - Virtual Cocktail Class and Pink Lemonade Cocktail Voucher for our Burlington, VT Tasting Room included
$60 - Virtual Cocktail Class and Pink Lemonade Cocktail Kit included (available only for Vermont Residents, pickup in Waitsfield or Burlington)
To donate to our campaign visit our page here!
By in Media & Events Comments Off on Virtual Cocktail Class for a Cause

Virtual Cocktail Class for a Cause

Join us for a very special virtual cocktail class dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society of Vermont! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we're collaborating with the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign to raise funds all month long. Join Taylor as he walks you through how to make a Pink Lemonade and a Raspberry Daiquiri.

Class registration is by various donation packages:

  • $10 - Virtual Cocktail Class included
  • $20 - Virtual Cocktail Class and Pink Lemonade Cocktail Voucher for our Burlington, VT Tasting Room included
  • $60 - Virtual Cocktail Class and Pink Lemonade Cocktail Kit included (available only for Vermont Residents, pickup in Waitsfield or Burlington)

Grab your ticket here!