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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tuesday Tasting: A Trio of Spirits from Edgefield Distillery

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we head to Oregon to taste some micro-distilled spirits.

The Edgefield Distillery opened its doors in February 1998. Part of the McMenamin's group that includes brewing, winemaking, distilling, coffee roasting, pubs and hotels, the company turns out whiskey, brandies, gins and a coffee liqueur from its pot still 20 miles outside of Portland. Head Distiller Ty Reeder got his start in the brewery, then trained as a fill-in distiller. He took over the job a few years ago and is turning out some pretty decent products. Recently I had the chance to sample three of Edgefield's offerings.

Edgefield Distillery American Distilled Gin($26): From Oregon, this 90 proof Dutch-style gin is reserved with a nice balance of spices and touches of floral notes.

Edgefield Distillery Hogshead Whiskey ($32): This Oregon whiskey is made from 100 percent barley malt that is pot distilled to 92 proof. The color of new penny copper, it has an attractively sweet base with a nice peppery edge.

Edgefield Brandy ($28): There is a nice oak base to this 80-proof brandy made from the distillation of two Edgefield wines, one aged in French and the other American barrels. Rich vanilla nose, good fruit throughout and very warming.

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