When local distiller, Sugar House Distillery offered up one of their smaller Rye Whiskey Barrels, Bitters Lab jumped at the chance to work on another barrel aged bitters project.
They made four of their regular sized (10 gallon) batches of their most popular flavor, Apricot Vanilla and let it rest in this freshly emptied Sugar House Distillery Rye Barrel for 365 days, one full year – to really let the toasty and spice-forward notes from the Rye shine through.
The flavor is full bodied with soft tannins, a subtle acidity and warm spice on the nose. It has hints of cinnamon, pepper, and is vanilla forward with a rich apricot finish and gentle notes of smoke and earth. It might be one of the best things we’ve ever done.