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Patent 5 Single Barrel Release 1 Whisky - Patent 5 Distillery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Single Barrel Release 1 Whisky

ABV: 44%

“There hasn’t been a distillery in downtown Winnipeg since Radiger & Erb closed their Higgins Avenue distillery in 1880,” says Brock Coutts, Patent 5 owner and lead distiller. “This new spirit has taken us more than 4 years to create and was made by marrying modern distilling methods with a traditional process that Winnipeg distillers would have followed 142 years ago.” 

So, what makes this whisky — which Coutts and his team are calling ‘Single Barrel Release 1’ — so worth the wait? 

  • Single Barrel Release 1 is made using Manitoba grown and milled corn, rye and wheat as well as malted barley.
  • Single Barrel Release 1 is barrelled in a new American white oak medium-char barrel and aged in Patent 5’s barrel room
  • Single Barrel Release 1 is finished in a French oak PX sherry barrel 
  • Single Barrel Release 1 is not chill-filtered and has zero additives of any kind

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Patent 5 whisky is a celebration of the history of Winnipeg’s distillers and a salute to modern methods.  This release was distilled in a traditional pot still – double- distilled actually – like whisky was a hundred years ago and still is by traditional distilleries. Barrelled in a first-fill American white oak medium-char barrel and aged in our barrel room, our early tastings revealed that the pot distillation and the whisky yeast had created beautiful fruit esters.

To further develop those fruity esters, the team at Patent 5 knew that to get the flavor profile they wanted they needed to source some unique oak.  They chose to use a more modern aging technique, finishing the spirit in a French oak barrel that previously housed aged PX sherry. 

The sherry creates a gentler whisky, with the spice still present but with a warmer edge, fruitiness, and floral notes that add greater depth and complexity to the flavor.  The whisky was brought to bottle proof (88 proof or 44% abv) with the addition of Manitoba spring water.  The spring water brings a hint of minerality to the finished product.

Aromas of baking spice, gingerbread and banana are detected on the nose with notes of sweet berry, dark cherry and hints of peach and almonds. The finish is smooth and warm with hints of dark chocolate.

Patent 5’s Single Barrel Release 2 Whisky is ready! 

Mark your calendars- June 27th, 2023 at 5pm.

Release 2 Whisky is a throwback to a turn of the century style whisky- a bourbon style mash.  Our commitment to honour Winnipeg’s history in the production of whisky in the Exchange continues.

There are three options to participate in our whiskey release.

  1. 100 bottles will be available for purchase at the Patent 5 Distillery, located at 108 Alexander in the Exchange on June 27 at 5pm.
  2. 100 bottles will be available for purchase online at effective June 27 at 5 pm.
  3. Starting June 13, 25 bottles will be available for purchase via a lottery. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook, and tag a whisky friend or fill out our lottery form on our website for a chance to purchase a bottle. Winners for the lottery will be contacted on June 26.

Whisky Release 3

Mark your calendars – Release #3 is scheduled to drop on November 29th.

This release features whisky from three carefully selected barrels.

The barrels were expertly blended to create a whisky with the soft spice of rye and the sweetness of corn. The whisky pulls the best elements from these two grains – both the rye and corn were harvested and milled in Manitoba. A small amount of local wheat and barley were also used to add an additional layer of depth, complexity and a hint of sweetness. With nearly equal parts of rye and corn this is a Manitoba original whisky. Release #3 was double distilled on our copper pot still and aged in new charred oak casks in our barrel room at 108 Alexander Avenue in the Exchange District in Winnipeg.

On sale at Patent 5 Distillery, 108 Alexander at noon and online at 12:01 am on November 29th.