In the ever-expanding realm of celebrity-backed spirits, a new and noteworthy addition has emerged, bringing a unique twist to the world of whiskey. Renowned actor William H. Macy has teamed up with Colorado-based Woody Creek Distillers to introduce the exceptional William H. Macy Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey. Not merely a celebrity-endorsed endeavor, Macy's involvement in this venture is deeply rooted in his passion for the craft and a genuine connection with the distillery.
Founded in 2012, Woody Creek Distillers began its journey into the world of whiskey in 2013, laying down the first barrels of rye. Fast forward to the present, and the distillery has unveiled its oldest expression to date—the William H. Macy Reserve, a ten-year-old bottled-in-bond whiskey that embodies the essence of craftsmanship.
Macy's involvement goes beyond being a mere "spokesdude." He actively participated in the selection process, personally tasting barrels to curate a whiskey that aligns with his discerning taste. The result is a bottled-in-bond whiskey crafted from a mashbill of 80% rye and 20% malted barley, boasting a distinctive flavor profile that sets it apart in a crowded market.
What makes the Macy Reserve particularly intriguing is its association with Woody Creek Distillers' Barrel Select program. This initiative promises future releases selected from the distillery's extensive inventory of 5,000 barrels, ensuring a continuous exploration of unique and exceptional blends.
Macy's journey into the world of spirits has a genuine and personal touch. His connection with Woody Creek Distillers is not just about celebrity endorsement but a shared passion for quality and innovation. In an era where celebrity-backed spirits flood the market, Macy's story stands out as a refreshing departure from the norm.
The actor's personal history with alcohol, shaped by childhood memories of Canadian rye shared by his parents, adds a nostalgic layer to the venture. His fascination with the history of alcohol led him to appreciate various spirits, from bourbon to Scotch, creating a well-rounded palate that played a pivotal role in shaping the Macy Reserve.
The official tasting notes for the Macy Reserve describe a sensory journey, with aromas of clove, raisin, and cinnamon on the nose, followed by baking spice and nutty flavors on the palate. The journey concludes with a dry finish complemented by a touch of smoke, encapsulating Macy's refined taste preferences.
As an ode to Macy's genuine involvement, Woody Creek Distillers Founder Mark Kleckner emphasizes that this partnership is not a celebrity play but a collaboration with a neighbor who shares a true passion for whiskey. Macy's commitment extends beyond lending his name; he has allowed the distillery to use his land to grow potatoes for their vodka and gin—a testament to the authentic bond between the actor and the distillery.
The William H. Macy Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey is now available for enthusiasts to savor, with a suggested retail price of $200. Whether ordered online or sourced from select retailers in California, Colorado, or New York (starting December 1), this whiskey promises a taste of craftsmanship, passion, and a touch of Hollywood magic. As the first release in the Woody Creek Barrel Select program, the Macy Reserve is not just a whiskey; it's a testament to the artistry that unfolds when a celebrated actor and a dedicated distillery join forces to create something truly exceptional.