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Litchfield Distillery Rye Showcased in Cocktail Competition

By December 30, 2022Connecticut, Top News

The Local Sixty-Three in Watertown and Litchfield Distillery hosted a cocktail competition featuring Litchfield Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey on Nov. 13. The Manhattan Family Cocktail competition showcased the talents of six local bartenders who created their best cocktails for judges using the Connecticut-based brand of spirits. The winner was Sarah Cope with her cocktail Manhattan After Dark, a blend of Litchfield Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey, Foro Amaro, Punt e Mes Vermouth and Jerry Thomas Bitters. At 92 proof, Litchfield Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey is created from 70% winter rye and 30% malted barley. The rye transforms into sweet and spicy peppery notes, while the barley adds a hint of roasted toffee. Aging in special honey-combed cooperage helps increase the whiskey’s exposure to caramelized sugars in the barrel’s char. The brand is distributed via Slocum & Sons.

Photos by David Peck.


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