SanTan Spirits, the distilling side of SanTan Brewing Company, is proud to announce they earned top honors this week at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition for their Sacred Stave and Butcher Jones Whiskeys, claiming four medals: three double gold, one silver and a best of class designation. A labor of love five years in the making.
“This win is a wonderful vindication of the thousands of hours spent curating our barrels over the last 5 years. It means our distilling team, under Brant Gasparek, is on the right path with a focus on maturation and blending to create unparalleled whiskey. Our brewers are also winners this day because without their diligence in fermenting the highest quality beers we would not be able to create the flavors that are so pronounced in our whiskey expressions. The best beers make world class whiskey,” said Anthony Canecchia, founder + brewmaster, SanTan Spirits and SanTan Brewing Company.
Honors include these medal placements:
· Sacred Stave American Single Malt Whiskey, 90 Proof
100% Malted American Barley. Artisan pot distilled. Aged in oak. Finished in hand-selected wine barrels.
· Butcher Jones Arizona Straight Rye Whiskey, Cask Strength
Bright fruit, cherry cola, baking spices in a bed of maple caramel. Butcher Jones barrels are patiently aged, curated, and blended by Head Distiller, Brant Gasparek. Proofed to cask strength.
· Sacred Stave American Single Malt Whiskey, Cask Strength – Best of Class!
100% Malted American Barley. Artisan pot distilled. Aged in oak. Finished in hand-selected wine barrels. Proofed to cask strength.
· Butcher Jones Arizona Straight Rye Whiskey, 100 Proof
Bright fruit, cherry cola, baking spices in a bed of maple caramel. Butcher Jones barrels are patiently aged, curated, and blended by Head Distiller, Brant Gasparek.
“At SanTan Spirits, our whiskey is curated over a period of 2-4 years to achieve the flavor profile we are looking for. Our method of E’Levage involves rotating our barrels to different climates during their aging process. We have an amazing advantage here in Arizona with the dry climate and heat, it allows each batch to breath deep into the wood,” continued Canecchia.
During the aging process, samples are taking and evaluated for development and maturity in flavor during development. Some batches are proofed slightly in the barrel in order to coax more sugars out of the staves. Next, barrels are blended to reduce the proof slowly to about 105 proof and then return them to the barrel so that they can condition for another 45-60 days. The final step is to proof each barrel by about 2% weekly until the target flavor is achieved.
One double gold winner, Sacred Stave American Single Malt Whiskey, 90 Proof, is available for purchase now in Arizona at local independent liquor stores, Total Wine and Fry’s Food & Drug. Stop by SanTan’s Spirits House Tasting Room & Cocktail Bar in Downtown Chandler to try all of the winning brands.
Starting in October, 2019 – SanTan will begin offering production facility tours that showcase both the brewing and distilling. SanTan beer and spirits will be available for retail purchase. The production facility is located at 495 E. Warner Road, Chandler, AZ 85225. For more information and to schedule a tour, visit https://santantours.com.
About the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
The New York World Wine & Spirits Competition (NYWSC) is a member of The Tasting Alliance, the parent organization of the world-renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition, San Francisco International Wine Competition, and Singapore World Spirits Competition. In the Competition’s nine-year history, the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition (NYWSC) has established itself as one of the most respected judging events in the eastern U.S.A. Our judges—predominantly from the New York area—are among the wine and spirits industry’s most trusted authorities, not only on the subject of quality wines and spirits, but also on the regional tastes and trends that drive the wine and spirits markets. The Tasting Alliance Competitions are considered the most influential for a reason. They have elevated the reputation of many brands, and represent the ultimate curator for wine and spirits. Receiving a medal from the organization is a critical next step for any producer to earn recognition in the industry.
About SanTan Brewing Company
Open since 2007 under the leadership of founder and brewmaster, Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established a strong reputation as Arizona’s favorite craft brewery. SanTan’s award-winning brews are available throughout Arizona, including at its friendly neighborhood pubs in Downtown Chandler, Uptown Phoenix and Sky Harbor International Airport. In 2015, SanTan began distilling with a mission to create flavors for the 21st century and to reimagine what spirits could be. SanTan Spirits are distilled and aged locally in Chandler, Arizona and have earned national recognition and awards. The experience of enjoying SanTan Spirits is fully realized in Spirit House, a tasting room and cocktail lounge opened in 2019. SanTan’s mission is to create uncommon quality for everyday occasions. To learn more, visit www.SanTanBrewing.com and www.SanTanSpirits.com.