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Last month, Great Lakes Distillery (GLD) introduced a new product line called Still & Oak with the release of two whiskeys: one straight bourbon, one straight rye.
"We went with the name ‘Still & Oak’ because the spirits start in the still and finish in an oak barrel," says GLD’s Guy Rehorst.
To meet the qualifications to get labeled "straight" rye or bourbon the products were aged in new charred American oak barrels for more than two years.
According to Rehorst, both of the whiskeys are different from his other products in a couple of ways. The bourbon has a very high malt content which provides a hint of sweetness, almost like an Irish whiskey, and the rye whiskey is made with 100 percent rye.
"Rye is notoriously difficult to work with – it’s sticky and a pain in the ass – so there’s not a lot that’s 100 percent out there," says Rehorst.
Still & Oak whiskeys can be consumed neat, on ice or mixed into cocktails. The Great Lakes Tasting Room features numerous concoctions daily, along with old favorites featuring Rehorst vodka and gin. Recently, we sampled GLD's Whiskey Old Fashioned made with Still & Oak Rye, Meyer Bros. Old Fashioned mix, orange and cherry.
Rehorst says because of the two-year aging process the products will be available permanently but there will be shortages during 2018.
"Every year we will double the number of barrels, but this year, there will be waiting periods in between bottlings while we wait for them to age," says Rehorst. "This is due, in part, because we don’t use mini barrels to cheat the aging process so it takes years to get there."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.