J. Carver Distillery Announces Cask Strength Spirits Availability

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Driven by increased interest from both whiskey lovers and leading mixologists, today J. Carver Distillery is announcing a full line of single barrel, cask strength spirits. Product availability is immediate at select retailers and restaurants across Minnesota.

“Our private barrel customers are increasingly seeking cask strength whiskies, which allow for greater flexibility for mixologists when creating unique craft cocktails”, said Bill Miller, a Founding Partner of J. Carver Distillery, located in Waconia. “With this introduction we are broadening the availability of our cask strength products of almost all J. Carver barreled products to all consumers”.

In addition to Cask Strength Brickyard Straight Bourbon and Runestone Straight Rye, which are already on the shelves at select retailers, Cask Strength J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey, Cask Strength J. Carver Rye Whiskey, Cask Strength J. Carver Wheat Whiskey, Wrath of Khanh Blended Whiskey and Cask Strength J. Carver Barrel Gin are now available. “We are excited to enhance our product line with these carefully-selected single barrel products in demand from our most discriminating customers”, said Gina Holman, a Founding Partner of J. Carver, “...and we are greatly appreciative of the collaborations and encouragement of several customers that have proven the usefulness of cask strength expressions of our unique grain-to-glass products.”

Wrath of Khanh Whiskey Now Available To Everyone!

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Today, J. Carver Distillery is proud to announce “Wrath of Khanh” Cask Strength Whiskey is now available to local whiskey aficionados at select local retail partners, including Solo Vino and Henry & Son.

When passionate, creative minds collaborate, great things happen. With its renowned Chef and Owner Hai Truong, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro is a destination eatery on University Avenue in Saint Paul known for incredible and creative Asian fusion cuisine and unique craft cocktails based on locally-sourced ingredients. J. Carver Distillery, located on Highway 5 in the small lake town of Waconia is known for a broad line of unique, grain-to-glass spirits based on locally-sourced grains, juices and barrels. Both had a healthy appetite for local collaborations with a variety of suppliers to the hospitality industry, so a collaboration made sense.

A couple years ago, Ngon Bistro became J. Carver’s launch customer for its Cask Strength J. Carver Rye Whiskey, which became a staple at Ngon Vietnamese Bistro. While visiting to pick out another private barrel, Hai expressed a desire to develop a completely unique whiskey with a unique label to be his “house” whiskey for its craft cocktails. Hai knew J. Carver was the perfect fit for his prized whiskey to be a reality. After tasting a variety of aging barrels with the J. Carver team after visiting the J. Carver Barrel house, he landed on a unique blend of J. Carver’s “Brickyard” Bourbon and “Runestone” Rye Whiskey. The popularity of the whiskey at the Ngon Bistro Bar has resulted in its retail rollout at select locations in the Twin Cities.

Perhaps disappointing to Star Trek fans everywhere, this whiskey “was created to bear the name Wrath Of Khanh” named after Hai’s now eight-year-old son, Khanh. His bed-head photo, having just arisen after a mid-day nap, graces its label. Not disappointing to those who know Khanh.

Now the collaborations won’t stop there. Some of the whiskey barrels were used to age Wrath of Khanh hot sauce used in several dishes at Ngon Bistro, while others are being used to age a unique Imperial Stout at Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater.

J. Carver Distillery Wrath Of Khanh Whiskey now available:

Wrath Of Khanh Cask Strength Whiskey Tasting Notes:

Color: Mahogany

Aroma: Sweet nose, caramel, toffee, orange blossom honey, and dried fruits

Mouth-Feel: Creamy, elegant for a Cask Strength Whiskey

Flavor: An amazing balance of sweetness and spice. Rich with intriguing flavors of toffee, caramel, cocoa nibs, burnt sugar, Cola, toasted pecans, dried cherries, plums, and dark fruits.

Finish: Long, elegant finish.

Newly Released Cruella Amaro and J. Carver Wheat Whiskey 100 proof

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It’s always exciting to bottle new J. Carver spirits for the very first time - and we have 2! Introducing Cruella Amaro: a bitter/sweet Italian-style herbal liqueur and J. Carver 100 proof Wheat Whiskey.

Cruella Amaro has been one of our favorites to develop, and now it can be one of your favorites at home too! Cruella Amaro is an herbal liqueur made at J. Carver Distillery that is commonly consumed as an after-dinner digestif. It has a bitter flavor with a perfect kiss of sweetness. It is rye whiskey based, and infused with a blend of many herbs, spices and roots, including gentian, saffron, hyssop, rose hip, sweet and bitter orange, chamomile and galenga, with several other botanicals to balance the many complex flavors. Enjoy the many tasty herbal flavors of Cruella on its own or use with our Sevilla Liqueur to elevate amazing flavors when making your Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or Whiskey Sour. Stop out and try a tasty libation or check out our website for delicious cocktails using Cruella Amaro. http://www.jcarverdistillery.com/cocktail-recipes/

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Our newest release rounding out our line of whiskeys produced over the last 4 years is worthy of inclusion in every whiskey aficionado’s collection! J. Carver 100 Proof Wheat Whiskey is a sophisticated whiskey that offers the rich, robust flavors of local Minnesota winter wheat. This 100 proof spirit has a mash bill of 71% local MN winter wheat, 20% MN corn, 9% malted barley, & has been aged for at least three years in charred oak barrels coopered in Minnesota. Available in the J. Carver Cocktail Room and Marvel Bar now.

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These two J. Carver spirits were released this week during Vinocopia’s Holiday Showcase at the Minneapolis Event Center. Look for Cruella Amaro and J. Carver 100 proof Wheat Whiskey on liquor store shelves beginning this weekend. If you don’t see it on store shelves, please ask your local spirits retailer to bring it in; we always appreciate your local support.

Martini Mondays at J. Carver Distillery

Martini Mondays at J. Carver Distillery

J. Carver Martini Monday
May in Minnesota is one of the most gorgeous months of the year. During winter, Minnesotans hibernate from the cold and wait for the days of summer. In May, the bees are buzzing, the tulips are in full bloom, and martinis at J. Carver Distillery are flowing. 
Have you seen Martini Monday? For those of you who have tuned in to view the video on our FB page, thank you! If you haven't had the opportunity, "Like" us on Facebook and watch Gina teach you how to create some of the tasty cocktails served in our cocktail room. Here are a few of the recipes. Get ready for some summer sipping. 


Spring has sprung: J. Carver Distillery Events and Bourbon Whiskey

Some say good news, bad news. At J. Carver Distillery, we say good news and great news. The good news is we have a number of special events and liquor store tastings occurring in the Twin Cities highlighting our line of J. Carver spirits. Store locations and times are detailed on our website Events tab. Looking for an event that will certainly make your taste buds do a jig? One of these fabulous events is being hosted by Sanctuary Restaurant in Minneapolis. Sanctuary Executive Chef Patrick Atanalian has created a special one night menu this Thursday, March 24, from 5-9 pm incorporating J. Carver Distillery gin, vodka, and whiskey. For reservations, call 612-339-5058 or go online. Stay tuned for details regarding a speculator gin event at Black Forest Inn Minneapolis on April 6th. Erica and team have some great surprises up their sleeves or lederhosen as the case may be.  

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Sanctuary Restaurant Minneapolis 

The great news is spring is in the air just in time for the release of one of the first grain-to glass bourbons distilled in Minnesota. J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey has a mash bill of 75% local corn from Plato, MN and 25% local rye from Clear Lake, MN, and has been aged in oak barrels coopered in Avon and Park Rapids, Minnesota. We are thrilled with the response we have received. Check out the feature written by Loren Green with City Pages and another by The Whiskey Wash, a website dedicated to all things whiskey. 

J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey Batch No. 1

J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey Batch No. 1

From our press release: "J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey offers the sweetness of corn with a spicy rye finish. While it is crafted for straight sipping, its notes of cinnamon, toffee and oak make it ideal for drinks with bourbon as the central focus. J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey mixes exceptionally well in classic cocktails including the Old Fashioned, Manhattan and Sazerac." 

J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey Old Fashioned served straight up

J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey Old Fashioned served straight up

Try our featured specialty J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey Ginger Old Fashioned. Enjoy straight up or on the rocks. Here is the recipe:

2 oz J. Carver Bourbon Whiskey
½ oz Ginger Simple Syrup
3 dashes bitters Jamaican #1
Shake and strain in a chilled martini glass or serve over ice in a low ball glass and garnish with an orange slice and a bourbon cherry. 


Another thing putting a spring in our step is the celebration of Easter this weekend. Not too early for the Easter Bunny to start making his rounds. Maybe there is a basket of J. Carver spirits hidden for libation lover in your family. Speaking of Easter, J. Carver Distillery will be closed this weekend so our team can spend time with family and friends.  We will resume regularly scheduled cocktail room hours and tours and tastings on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. Enjoy the spring season everyone and don’t forget to take time to smell the flowers, breathe the fresh air, and enjoy some J. Carver spirits and specialty cocktail to welcome the new season. Happy Easter from our J. Carver Distillery Family to you and yours. Cheers!