Ransom Spirits

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Ransom Wine Co. & Distillery - Our Spirits





The Emerald 1865

Straight American Whiskey
Thanks to colorful folklore passed down through the generations, we know that the whiskies made in Ireland today little resemble their 19th century predecessors. Trouble was, there was none of the traditional whiskey left to taste in our quest to recreate the long lost gems of the Emerald Isle. Fortune gave us two good turns; a British excise agent who recorded an Irish mash bill in 1865, and our friend David Wondrich, who found said recipe poring over the microfiche annals of history and passed it along to us. With this mash bill as our guide, we set out to create our own interpretation of a traditional whiskey of Ireland. To call our version modern might be a stretch— We grow a percentage of the barley organically on our farm, our grains are milled, mashed and fermented in small batches at our distillery and farm in the emerald hills of Sheridan, Oregon, and we distill according to our senses in our handmade, direct-­‐fired alembic pot still. The Emerald matures in a mix of French and American oak for three years, and is hand bottled, capsuled, and labeled.  The result is a highly aromatic spirit with the weight, richness, and complexity of its forebears.

Double Gold -  2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Gold Medal, Best in Category - 8th Annual American Distilling Institute Judging

90 Points - The Whiskey Wash

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 Rye, Barley, Wheat Whiskey

            Innovation is a cornerstone of the American ethos, and innovators have always shied away from the impulse to equate tradition with convention. In this spirit, our Rye, Barley, Wheat Whiskey is carefully crafted using the finest traditions in distilling—It has been distilled in hand hammered, direct fire, alambic copper pot stills and only the very best portion of the cuts, the “heart of the hearts” has been kept at the still—We have, however, chosen to flaunt conventions of category with our decisions about the mash bill and barrel program.                     Years of blending have convinced us that diverse mash bills produce whiskeys that are more evocative and interesting, so we worked diligently to craft a rich, complex palate of grain flavors by blending six grain components. To protect and enhance these delicate cereal flavors, we elected to forego the conventional heavily charred new oak in favor of used 60 gallon toasted French oak barrels, most of which formerly held Pinot Noir. These barrels contribute weight and depth to the spirit without erasing or obscuring the character of the grain, which we feel should define a premium whiskey. The result is a whiskey which we feel offers unprecedented depth, complexity, and body.


                    Five Stars - F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal - December 2016 

Silver Medal - 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Gold Medal - 2017 Seattle International Spirits Awards

      91 Points - Ultimate Beverage Challenge

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Henry DuYore’s Rye Whiskey

Henry DuYore’s Rye Whiskey speaks to our aspiration to release spirits that balance the character of their grains of origin with the influence of the years passed in oak barrels. An abiding fondness for the flavor of rye inspired us to produce our own bottling. With this Rye Whiskey, we sought to temper the admirable innate feistiness of rye with the rich, supple flavor of malted barley. 

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WhipperSnapper - Oregon Spirit Whiskey

WhipperSnapper - Oregon Spirit Whiskey

Admirably Superior and Well-Mannered

All good things take time. So the saying goes. And this juvenile got off to a real slow start. We took our sweet time selecting premium ingredients, meticulously milling the grain, working and fermenting the mash, and most importantly, making well-considered, ruthless cuts at the condenser. Pot distillation is a slow, lengthy process, that when done properly and patiently can take 16 hours for one pass through the still. Rushing things usually leads to inaccuracy. On the other hand, critical decisions for making the right cuts need to be made within minutes, sometimes split seconds. This is likely where the wildness came from.  Sometimes even the most well thought out of plans seem to develop a mind of their own. Anyway, we kept and collected only the very best fraction of distillate and lovingly placed it in oak to mature.

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Ransom Dry Gin

Fashioned after Holland’s renowned malt wine genevers, Ransom Dry Gin combines the maltiness and hop aromas of the style with a decidedly more intense botanical infusion. The selection of botanicals for this gin was done with tradition in mind, but we also sought to capture the essence of our terroir with the inclusion of the iconic Oregon Marionberry and local hops. The result is a highly aromatic gin with the most compelling attributes of both genever and dry gin styles. We believe speaks meaningfully to its Dutch heritage as well as its Oregon provenance. Excellent for sipping neat, or mixed in a Collins, Improved Holland Gin, Bramble, or Kopstoot.

 Gold Medal - 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Gold Medal - 2015 American Craft Spirits Association Judging

90 Points - 2016 Ultimate Beverage Challenge

93 Points - Beverage Testing Institute 2017

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Washington Cup Winner - 2014


Old Tom Gin

This Old Tom Gin is a historically accurate revival of the predominant Gin in fashion during the mid 1800's and the golden age of American cocktails. The recipe was developed in collaboration with historian, author, and mixologist extraordinaire David Wondrich. Old Tom is the Gin for mixing classic cocktails dating from the days before prohibition. Its subtle maltiness is the result of using a base wort of malted barley, combined with an infusion of botanicals in high proof corn spirits. The final distillation is run through an alambic pot still in order to preserve the maximum amount of aromatics, flavor and body. Only the "heart of the hearts" (the very best portion of distillate) is retained for this special bottling.

Gold Medal - 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Gold Medal, Best in Category - San Diego Spirits Festival

Best of Category - 7th Annual American Distilling Institute Judging

95 Points - Tasting Panel

93 pts, Beverage Testing Institute 
5 Stars - F Paul Pacult's The Spirit Journal March/April 2014
Top 75  5 Star Spirits 2014 - F Paul Pacult's The Spirit Journal
Gold Medal - American Craft Spirits Association Judging 2015
Gold Medal - 2017 Seattle International Spirits Awards


GewÜrztraminer Grappa

Gewürztraminer Grappa

Made using lightly pressed Gewürztraminer pomace, this grappa has fruity and soft aromatics and is extremely smooth on the palate. This is a spirit of the highest possible quality. Only the "heart of the hearts" (the very best portion of distillate) from each still is kept for this bottling. Pleasant to sniff and easy to drink, the result is a product which defies the fiery, harsh and hard to drink stereotype of traditional grappas. Serve straight up as a digestif following meals, mixes with coffee or espresso, or as an accompaniment to fine cigars. 375 mL bottle.

2nd Place Eau de Vie/Brandy - Sip Northwest Best of the Northwest

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