Proof and Wood Ventures has announced the release of its limited-edition Presidential Dram Single Barrel Rye and Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskeys. Part of the brand’s DC collection, the two offerings were created to celebrate the presidential election and presidential inauguration.
Proof and Wood One Term Presidential Dram Straight Bourbon is aged a minimum four years, while Proof and Wood Two Term Presidential Dram Straight Rye is at least eight years old. The Single Barrel Whiskeys are non-chill filtered, and bottled at cask strength. Both spirits were distilled and aged at MGP Indiana distillery, formerly Seagram’s.
“When I started Proof and Wood in 2015, the goal was to bottle great spirits and work with like-minded people,” said Dave Schmier, owner of Proof and Wood Ventures. “Mike Cherner, friend and president of Prestige-Ledroit Distributing immediately challenged me with a new project. Being a lifelong resident of the D.C. Area, Mike thought it would be fun to celebrate the inauguration, which was always a great party for residents and guests of Washington, D.C., no matter which candidate prevailed. The challenge was to find American whiskey barrels that were at least four and eight years old, and label them one term and two term. Thus the Presidential Dram and the D.C. series was born.”
Proof and Wood released its first edition of the Presidential Dram ahead the 2017 inauguration. The bottles are aptly red, white and blue – red and white labels with blue wax for the Bourbon and blue and white labels with red wax for the Rye.
“Some who have seen the project questioned if one bottle is aimed at Democrats and one at Republicans,” said Schmier. “We aimed to celebrate an important moment in American tradition, without any additional political party affiliation. We feel the most heated debate in America should be bourbon vs. rye; and unlike political voting, in this case you can choose both.”
Two Term Presidential Dram Rye is limited to just four barrels and will be available for approximately $115 per bottle, while the One Term Presidential Dram Bourbon is limited to only 20 barrels and is priced at $60. The majority of the production will be available in D.C., however a limited number of Presidential Dram Whiskeys will be available in retailers around the nation.