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Originally known as Frey Ranch Estate Distillery, this is one of a few distilleries in the world that source all of their grains from their own land. Think Kilchoman in Scotland or Waterford in Ireland.
Now, to a new distiller with a new farm, that might not be such an advantage, but imagine having a 160+ year history of farm/ranch ownership. Colby has a real advantage in the grain growing area of his business, but what about learning the distilling part?
Find out in this interview from Whiskey Lore. Other things we'll discuss:
- The idea of a Nevada bourbon
- The changing laws in Nevada
- Grain to glass and the advantage of time
- The process of creating a mashbill
- How farming evolved with a distillery
- How having a winery helped planning for a distillery
- Similarities in agricultural and distilling education
- 5 percent of production and 90 percent of the fun
- Make your own custom blends
- First deeded property in Nevada
- The move of Frey Ranch to the Oasis of Nevada
- Pulling trees with a Model A
- The special challenges of farming in the High Desert
- Ashley's passions around the distillery
- The beautiful, heavy bottle
- How Ashley and Colby met
- What are the distillery tours like?
- Dealing with aging and the temperatures in Nevada
- Tasting the 90 Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey (provided by Frey Ranch)
- How they pick their cask strength single barrels
- Is this a whiskey you should let sit?
- The neck pour
- How hard is rye to work with?
- Naked oats, holeless oats, and other types of grains
- When you didn't have a distillery, what did you do with your rye?
- Doing on-site maltings
- Making your own peat
- Farmers + Distillers