Monthly Archives: February 2013

Santa Barbara County’s First Distillery Since Prohibition Opens March 2 & 3

The Ascendant Spirits Team is pleased to announce the grand opening of Ascendant Spirits, Inc., the first distillery in Santa Barbara County since prohibition. Proud to be part of the American distilling revival, our distillery is deeply committed to using the finest American grains and the best fresh, organic, local fruit in our products.  The event will be held next Saturday and Sunday (March 2 & 3) from 11 am-7 pm and will include facility tours and tastings of our bourbon and vodka, free of charge.

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The distillery is located at 37 Industrial Way, Suite 103 Buellton, CA, which is nestled conveniently between Terravant Wine Company and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company. So come enjoy a variety of local spirits, wines, and beers with your friends – the more the merrier!

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Bourbon Barrels Arrive!

80 barrels of bourbon aged for 5 years.

80 barrels of bourbon aged for 5 years.

Today, 80 barrels of 5+ year aged bourbon were delivered to our distillery. The scent of the wood and “angel’s share” of whisky evaporating from the barrels has resulted in a smoky, spicy, and oaky aroma wafting through the distillery. These barrels are filled with bourbon–but in order to be called bourbon by law, this whiskey must have been aged in brand new, white American oak barrels that have been charred on the inside.

Our Master Distiller Steve will select 8 of these barrels based on their unique flavor profile. Each barrel ages differently and develops distinct flavors based on the wood, construction, and seal of each barrel. Some barrels may have a heavy oak flavor, or lots of smokiness or vanilla. The 8 barrels he selects to blend together will complement each other to form a complete and complex spirit. In this sense, Steve is a lot like a winemaker, and bourbon is a lot like wine. A lot of a bourbon’s craftsmanship can be attributed to the blending process and the sophisticated palette of the Master Distiller.

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