"Pennsylvania used to be known for its rye whiskey and Bourbon. Today, it's known more for the old Michter's distillery that once produced legendary American booze. Mountain Laurel Spirits are hoping to change that with their new Dad's Hat rye whiskey, made from Pennsylvania-grown rye and distilled in Bristol. Aged in white oak, quarter cask barrels for at least six months, the Dad's Hat drinks very much in the style of Old World Spirits Gold Run, or the aged whiskies from 1512 Spirits here in SF. However, you get an entire 750ml bottle for $50, which makes it much more attractive for cocktail fans looking to get a bit looser with their pours. Light, clean, with gentle vanilla and plenty of pure rye flavor, Dad's Hat is one of the few new, small production whiskies that delivers value as well as quality. Made from 80% rye, 15% malted barley, and 5% malted barley, in the old Monongahela style that made the state famous." ~ Distillery notes
Before he left the house each day, he'd carefully choose one from the rack and don it. The hat always seemed to fit his mood – or the occasion – perfectly. My dad's gone now but my mind somehow keeps coming back to those hats. People don't really wear hats much anymore, I suppose. It's become an affectation or a fashion statement. In those days, it was something more. A symbol of optimism. That we cared about quality, polish and finish. A subtle, personal signature. From an era when taking the time to do it the right way mattered.
We founded Dad's Hat® Rye because we, too, want to do it the right way. To take up a tradition and make something that mattered -- by hand, in small batches, using only natural, local ingredients and the most careful methods. Dad's Hat is made right here in Pennsylvania – the birthplace of genuine rye whiskey – in honor of my father, who enjoyed rye whiskey and served it at the family's tavern, and of that wonderful, optimistic time in America's history when we made a lot of things and took care to make them well. My heart tells me that many of us are searching for that spirit again.
We believe Dad's Hat® Rye reflects that same simple, uniquely American personality better than any other whiskey. Crisp. Smooth. Delicious – not lingering or heavy-handed in its finish. Perfect for every occasion. After tasting Dad's Hat®, we hope that you feel the same way.