May 2, 2019
This time around, we chat with
Andy Keller, head distiller for Blackwater Distilling, Maryland’s oldest currently
operating craft distillery. We examine one of the really unique and
ambitious projects they began just a couple years ago: aging some
of their product in a solera system.
Some of the things we discuss
a solera is, and how it’s used to add both consistency and
complexity to a spirit.
tasting of Blackwater’s flagship products, including the first
batch of their solera aged rum
the solera is organized and managed, including barrel sourcing,
aging time, and blending specs.
vertical tasting from all five levels of the Blackwater Distilling
rum solera - and this is where we really uncover some of the
surprising differences between different levels and barrel
interesting thoughts on yeast strains and fermentation
to drink if you run into Russian novelists Tolstoy and
much, much more