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In marketing brand-name spirits, there are a lot of tall tales. Not so for Wylie Howell Whiskey.
“You can watch the commercials with the Jameson guy jumping overboard to save his whiskey: That’s bull, total BS,” says Martinez-based Wylie’s Matt Jones. “With us, it’s not a fake thing. It really happened. There’s deep blood history.”
That history is written right on the whiskey’s beautiful, hand-crafted ceramic jugs, opposite a grainy mug shot of Jones’ great-grandfather, Wylie Howell—a Prohibition-era Kentucky moonshiner who was convicted (unjustly, the family says) for killing a sheriff. It’s what inspired Jones’ father, Greg, to create his award-winning whiskey made with whole grain, non–GMO sweet corn, and malted barley.
The result is a drink that’s sweeter and smoother than any 120-proof alcohol has a right to be, making it perfect for sipping on cool nights or blended into a seasonal cocktail (recipe below).
Greg recently passed away, but Matt and his sister, Amy, say that makes them more determined to keep the whiskey flowing. “There’s a legacy involved, a family history, and we’re carrying on that tradition,” he says. “It would make my father happy.”
For more info, go to wyliehowell.com.
Wylie Baked Apple
1 ounce fresh pressed apple juice
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce pure cane simple syrup
Dash baked apple bitters
1 3/4 ounces Wylie Howell Whiskey
Mix first five ingredients, shake well, and serve over ice. Add apple slice for garnish. Serves one.
Courtesy of Barrel Aged Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, Martinez