I believe that there are some things in life that do come full circle. Many years ago I met one of my good friends at a craft show in Mead, Colorado. She left Colorado for a short amount of time and returned a few years later to start Rise Artisan Bread (http://www.riseartisanbread.com/). Their shop opened November of 2016, and in my opinion is one of the best small shop bakeries in the state. So if you happen to be in Berthoud, or traveling on I-25 around exit 250, take a detour into Berthoud, and stop by for some of the best bread that you will ever taste. Her pretzels are my family's favorite.
Now for the whiskey piece. Before my friends opened their store front, their space was rented out to KJ Wood Distillers, Inc.. Their still was located in Berthoud and their barrels were located in another location. Now they have since moved to Ouray, Colorado, so don't show up in Berthoud looking for them. My friends that own the bakery gave me a bottle of whiskey that was from the distiller that was the previous tenant as a birthday present. To bring us full circle I have this whiskey website were I report whiskey reviews. Ta da!
What is nice about Dead Drift's story is they mention the choice of water. How finding that water source is as perfect as their whiskey, which is something that I think all whiskey distillers talk about. Their whiskey is light in color and on the nose I get charred oak, honey and a scent of apricot (I did eat a peach turnover from the bakery, so I may be a little off). For the taste I think the sweetness of the blue corn mash comes through and when you think you might get a cinnamon burn it mellows out and honey comes through. The bottle I have is batch 2, #698 year 2016, which shows it is a young whiskey, but for being young it has quite the unique flavors. Word of caution on the bottling. Mine had a little fish hook in it. Not sure how dangerous that might be when talking takes over and you try to open a bottle. I know I get away with my words and stop paying attention from time to time. Others may look at it as a mechanism to keep people out of your whiskey and if that is the case I need a glue gun and some fish hooks! Definitely enjoyed this 91 proof whiskey!