The long awaited Colkegan, a single malt whiskey from Santa Fe Spirits, is finally hitting the shelves. Following in the tradition of single malts named after the local water source, town, or distillery owner, Santa Fe Spirits zeroed in on proprietor Colin Keegan: the result is a moniker that has the reassuring ring of a Scotch or Irish whiskey.
A longtime whiskey imbiber, Colin says he appreciates the science and art form behind whiskey-making, and has always felt an affinity for the varied single malt category. With Colkegan, he and his team have created a fittingly Southwestern – they mesquite-smoked the grain! Aged for a minimum of two years in oak casks, the result is a complex and slightly smoky whiskey perfect for fall and winter drinking. While Colin believes the whiskey makes a good cocktail, he says it really shines on its own as a sipper.
Bottles will be available in liquor stores throughout the area by the end of this week. Free samples are currently being offered at both of Santa Fe Spirits’ tasting rooms – the actual distillery on Mallard Way, and their brand new tasting room in downtown Santa Fe. A bottle will set you back $55, but Colin says that you can expect specialty discounts at some of the larger stores.
Santa Fe Spirits has several upcoming local events featuring their collection of spirits, so be sure to check their website for updates.