Gryphon & Grain California Bourbon Whiskey by Isla de Califa
48% ABV (98 Proof), 750 ml, Aged 5 years, Made in Modesto, California
Northern California estate grown bourbon whiskey comprised of Mapes Ranch red corn, hard red winter wheat, and malted two row barley that is double pot distilled and aged for five years in a single barrel proprietary blend, new French and American oak barrels. All ingredients Northern Californian grown. COLOR: Tawny/Auburn NOSE: Brown sugar, toast, grain, dark fruits BODY: Full and chewy PALATE: Peanut brittle, vanilla, leather-bound books, finishes with almond and cola.
Pairs well with an elegant, yet sultry evening.
California grown, distilled, five years barrel aged and bottled by Isla de Califa in Modesto, Ca.
Ingredients are hammer milled to a coarse grain. Loaded into the mash tun, heated to become wort. Transferred, still on grain, into the fermenter where the sugars are converted to alcohol.
The whiskeys are double distilled with a 550 gallon 4 plate short column pot still allowing for a more full bodied whiskey. Both the Bourbon and Rye are aged using a charred tight grain proprietary blend of new French and American oak barrels. The Central Valley barrel house seasonal temperature enhances the extraction of the oak flavors with swings from a low of 50o to a high of 110o.
"The name comes from the popular 16th century novel, about Califa, the mythical queen of an island that was then thought to be the Garden of Eden. This mythology is where the name California is derived. The bourbon and rye are named for Queen Califa’s army of 500 gryphons. A gryphon is a legendary creature. It has a body, tail, and hind legs of a lion, with a head, wings and talons of an eagle. The Gryphon was known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions."
Isla de Califa: "The name comes from the popular 16th century novel, the Adventures of Esplandian. in the book, Califa is the queen of an island made up of gold and pearls. this was a wildly popular story at a time when the Spanish were exploring the high seas and charting the west coast of north America. during an exploring expedition set by Hernan Cortes, the conquistadors landed upon the Baja Peninsula and made a wild assumption that they found Califa’s garden of eden-like terrestrial paradise and that it was in fact an island. They named it “California” after Queen Califa."