Rogue Ales and Spirits has announced Rogue Chipotle Whiskey, small-batch whiskey distilled with Rogue Farms chipotle peppers.
Rogue Chipotle Whiskey begins at the Rogue farm in Independence, Oregon, where two acres of jalapeños grow close to the banks of the Willamette River, the company says. The jalapeños are allowed to ripen until they are bright red; the additional time ripening on the vine means more capsaicin in the pepper, which makes for a spicier pepper.
Once harvested by hand, the jalapeños are driven 77 miles to the Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon, where they are dried and slowly smoked over cherry and alder woods, the company says. The smoky chipotles are then used by Brewmaster John Maier to brew the Rogue Chipotle Whiskey wash.
Once the brewing is complete, the chipotle wash is driven across the parking lot to the Rogue Distillery, where more freshly smoked chipotles are added during the distillation process. After distillation, the Chipotle Whiskey is aged in Oregon Oak barrels along with one final addition of chipotles.
The suggested retail price is $47.
Rogue Chipotle Whiskey will be available at Rogue meeting halls and select retailers throughout the United States. For more information, please visit rogue.com.