2019 Whiskey Rebellion – Recap.

Thank you to everyone who braved the July heat and stopped by the inaugural Whiskey Rebellion Whiskey Tasting Tour in Washington, PA.

Always a pleasure to help celebrate 225 years of Pennsylvania Whiskey History while raising money for The Bradford House Historical Association.

Stoll and Wolfe Rye Whiskey and Stoll and Wolfe Bourbon Whiskey bottles on display at the Whiskey Rebellion Festival.
David Bradford House Donation Sign at 2019 Whiskey Rebellion Festival in Washington Pennsylvania.

Thank you to Liberty Pole Spirits family for inviting us to be a part of such a fun event and to Countryside Frame Shop for your hospitality. Rumor has it, plans are already in the works for next year’s festivities.

Stoll and Wolfe Gift Cards

Give the gift of awesome this Holiday Season with a Stoll & Wolfe Gift Card. Our Gift Cards come in any amount, go with any outfit, never go out of style, are always the perfect size, pair nicely with steak, chicken or fish, vegan friendly and are guaranteed to please even the most discerning of recipients.

Don’t have time to stop by or giving a gift from out of town? No problem. Call or email today and we’ll get you sorted.

Stoll & Wolfe Single Barrel Series

To celebrate our upcoming 1 Year Anniversary – we’re announcing the impending start of our Stoll & Wolfe Single Barrel Series featuring both Bourbon & Rye Whiskeys released at varying proof, including Cask Strength releases.

Selected from our aging stock by legendary PA Master Distiller Dick Stoll, each barrel conveys distinctive aromas & flavors with every bottling offering a unique expression, untamed by blending and uncompromising in individual character.

Bottles will debut on Tasting Room Shelves on or around November 1st. Pricing tbd based on proof and total bottles per barrel.

Stoll & Wolfe Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Sample Single Barrel Bourbon Label. Proof will Vary by Release.

Stoll & Wolfe Single Barrel Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Label
Stoll & Wolfe Single Barrel Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Label. Proof will Vary by Release.

Whiskey Bonanza

Big Thank You to old friends & new who came out to Twisted Tail’s Whiskey Bonanza in Philadelphia. Over 160 whiskeys on hand representing distilleries around the globe and across Pennsylvania. Always a pleasure talking Whiskey past, present & future! Definitely an honor to be included in such esteemed company. If you missed this year’s event, keep an eye out for next year!

Twisted Tail Whiskey Bonanza

Stoll & Wolfe Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey

After two long years of waiting we present Stoll & Wolfe Straight Rye Whiskey.

Q: What’s Straight Rye Whiskey?

A: Rye Whiskey stored in charred new oak barrels for 2 years or more.

At 16 months our Rye Whiskey was Selected as #2 American Rye Whiskey in the United States in the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Competition. With more time in the barrel and an especially warm PA Summer the flavor has only developed increased character. Lots of allspice and caramel give way to rye spice and cinnamon.

Lightly filtered and bottled at 90 proof. Currently only available in Lancaster County in our Lititz, PA Tasting Room and Pennsylvania Libations in Pittsburgh, PA.

Stoll & Wolfe Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey
Stoll & Wolfe Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey

Appearance, Aroma & Flavor in Tasting Whiskey

Using Appearance, Aroma and Flavor to Understand Whiskey

We’re looking to do our best to objectively analyze what’s in our glass and move beyond basics of simply liking or not liking a sample. To help better understand the reasons you may enjoy or dislike a particular whiskey we focus on 3 basic criteria:

  1. APPEARANCE
  2. AROMA/SMELL
  3. FLAVOR

By focusing on these 3 variables we can guide our senses through the tasting process. These cues also help set our expectations for what we’re about to taste. Think expectations don’t matter when tasting? Think of the last time you were handed lemonade and thought it was iced tea.

1. APPEARANCE

The first interaction most of us have with whiskey is appearance. Three things we’re looking for when we look at a sample: Color, Clarity & Viscosity. Appearance can be tricky. Generally speaking older whiskey will be darker in color, but not always.

2. AROMA/SMELL

Although it’s called a Whiskey Tasting, the aromas or smells are a vital component of analyzing whiskey during a tasting. While only 5 primary flavors exist (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami) equaling approximately 3,125 flavor combinations, its recognized the human nose can detect over 10,000 unique smells.

3. TASTE

1st Sip Unless you taste whiskey regularly, the first thing you’re probably going to notice is the burning sensation on your tongue. Over time you can train your tongue to get past that sensation.

2nd Sip Allow the burn to dissipate, swirl the glass a bit and try to take a second sip. With that second sip, try to move the spirit around your mouth to different regions of your tongue. Do you notice any individual flavors? Flavor combinations?

3rd Sip See if you can pick up any structure – does it have a distinct beginning/middle/end? Which of the flavors or flavor combinations you noticed appear during each stage? Is it well balanced? Do all three parts compliment one another?

Ideally a whiskey will be well balanced and enjoyable. The one common trait of all well made whiskeys is the enjoyability of individual flavors and the harmony of those flavors as they interact in the glass and on the palate.

 

What Is a Whiskey Tasting?

 

IMG_0888What is a Whiskey Tasting?

Although a tasting can take many forms, we’re comparing multiple whiskeys using similarities and differences to better understand each spirit. Have fun! Unless you’re being paid to taste whiskey (if so, congratulations!), then the idea is to better your understanding and appreciation and to have fun while doing it. If you can’t smile and laugh during a whiskey tasting, then you might be doing it wrong.

How Many & How Much?

Amount you pour for your guests is up to you but will likely depend on the number of spirits you’ll sample. As a responsible host you don’t want to over serve guests, especially if they’re driving. That said, anywhere from a 1/2 to 1 oz pour works well.

Water

It’s always a good idea to offer water to your guests to keep them hydrated and to reset their palate between samples. Age old debate as to whether one should water down the sample or whether whiskey should be served neat or on the rocks. For a tasting whiskey should always be served at room temperature so no ice. However, adding a drop or two of water can unlock or reveal certain aromas or flavors difficult to observe at higher concentrations of alcohol.

Why Analyze Whiskey?

We’re looking to do our best to objectively observe the individual components of the whiskey and move beyond basics of I like it or I don’t like it. To help better understand the reasons you may enjoy or dislike a particular whiskey we focus on 3 basic criteria we’ll use to compare and contrast.

  1. APPEARANCE
  2. AROMA/SMELL
  3. TASTE

By focusing on these 3 variables we can guide our senses through the tasting process.

They’re also in order of how we’ll interact with each whiskey and conduct the tasting.

First we’ll take a look at each of the samples. After taking whatever visual cues we can we’ll smell each sample and then move onto tasting. Following this process allows us to break down each of the three steps further without compromising any of the senses we’ll need for the next step of the process while also picking up any information we can to inform the next step.

Rise of Lancaster Beer & Drink Scene

Thank you to Fig Magazine for the shout out in “Cheers To The Rise Of Lancaster City’s Local Craft Beer & Drink Scene

Stoll & Wolfe is on a mission to honor the past while protecting the future legacy of Pennsylvania whiskey. Dick Stoll and Erik and Avianna Wolfe are now producing a distillation of liquor once again right outside of Lancaster City, in Lititz, PA. They want to encourage the community to shop local.

“Dollars are votes to preserve our local history and traditions,” said Avianna. “Buying local is investing in regional diversity. We love the history, traditions, sense of community, robust farmland, and family values of this area.”

Lititz is only a few miles away, and boasts a great food and culture scene to check out in addition to downtown Lancaster.”

So many of our friends and colleagues listed across  the county. For a full list, check out the bottom of the article.

Horting’s Rye Whiskey

Horting’s Rye Whiskey, distilled by John C. Horting less than a mile from our Tasting Room in Lititz prior to Prohibition. Although distilled here in Lititz, much of the whiskey was sold via retail in Lancaster City (as indicated by the label and link below). For Lancaster County residents, the building is the current home to M&E Roofing located behind The Gatehouse.

Bricks from the distillery where Horting distilled now support our back bar and a portion of our whiskey still. Happy to add this one to the collection and can only hope one of our bottles brings so much excitement to a future generation. For more information on Horting, his distillery and other associated businesses, click here.

Pre Prohibition John C. Hosting Pure Rye Whiskey Bottle. Lancaster, PA.
Pre Prohibition John C. Hosting Pure Rye Whiskey Bottle. Lancaster, PA.

 

Lancaster County Limestone

Local residents have known since the 1740s we’re sitting atop large aquifers brimming with limestone rich water. In fact, there’s an old joke that our water is so hard if you throw it at the barn window, it will break the window.

Luckily for us, water with high amounts of dissolved limestone (especially limestone with dolemite) is among the best for making whiskey. Interestingly, very similar to water makeup in large parts of Kentucky. Definitely not a coincidence the American Rye Whiskey Industry was born in Lancaster County.