Dogfish Head Alternate Takes: Volume 1 Whiskey Finished in Rum Casks

Dogfish Head Distilling Co. will add its first full-proof experimental whiskey to its catalog of spirits.

Available in DE, MD, VA, Washington D.C., and all Dogfish Head properties, Alternate Takes: Volume 1, Whiskey Finished in Rum Casks is brewed, distilled and aged at the Milton Brewery using barrels that previously aged Dogfish Head Distilling Co.’s Barrel Honey Rum.

Packaged in 750-ml. bottles (45% ABV), this whiskey is a medium-bodied malt whiskey, tawny amber in color with slight smoke, the company reports, and has a green apple and sweet candied nut finish.


The specialty malts used include Applewood smoked, coffee kiln and crystal. It’s then fermented with Doggie Ale yeast (Dogfish Head’s proprietary yeast) alongside beers like 60 Minute IPA and SeaQuench Ale. Production includes the removal of grain solids from the liquid prior to fermentation. This process, along with the batch-distillation, creates a base whiskey that’s “more delicate and nuanced than a typical American style whiskey,” the company says.

Alternate Takes: Volume 1 is then aged onsite in new, charred American Oak barrels, then finished in rum casks which previously aged a rum made with sugar cane molasses, honey and aged in American Oak.



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