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First Vodka & Gin : Silverback To Begin Releasing Whiskey

[ 0 ] May 22, 2016 |
©2016 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Photos By Tommy Stafford :Denver Riggleman and wife Christine (left near windows in background) talk about their latest release of Blackback Rye "Lucky 13" this past Saturday evening - May 21, 2016 in Afton, Virginia.

©2016 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Photos By Tommy Stafford :Denver Riggleman and wife Christine (left near windows in background) talk about their latest release of Blackback Rye “Lucky 13” this past Saturday evening – May 21, 2016 in Afton, Virginia.

Afton
Nelson County, Virginia

We’ve been telling you about Silverback Distillery long before they actually opened here in Nelson County.


Above, writer / photographer Marcie Gates’ story about Denver and Christine Riggleman’s plans to open the Distillery.

Since opening, they have a noted history in just a short time of winning awards for their Vodka and Gin. But it’s their newest release of Rye Whiskey that’s generating the current buzz.

Blackback Rye "Lucky 13" was introduced during regular business hours in a partial release to club members and investors this past Saturday evening at Silverback Distillery. A much broader  widespread release is scheduled for Father's Day Weekend.

Blackback Rye “Lucky 13” was introduced during regular business hours in a partial release to club members and investors this past Saturday evening at Silverback Distillery. A much broader widespread release is scheduled for Father’s Day Weekend.

“It was incredible to see everyone’s faces and how happy they were when the whiskey touched their lips. We have worked so hard and so many long days to get to this point and it is wonderful how every Silverback customer supports our family and brand. It’s humbling,” said Christine Riggleman, CEO and Distiller at Silverback in Afton.

People on hand that tried the “Lucky 13” Saturday evening said that in spite of its relatively short aging (just over a year) the taste was very smooth and pleasing.

Photo By Yvette Stafford : A sample of the Lucky 13 Rye Whiskey this past Saturday - May 21 at Silverback Distillery in Afton.

Photo By Yvette Stafford : A sample of the Lucky 13 Rye Whiskey this past Saturday – May 21 at Silverback Distillery in Afton.

“Our Blackback Rye “Lucky 13” is a fairly young whiskey, Aged 13 months. Customers were so excited for a whiskey… And this whiskey is so flavorful that we felt comfortable releasing it at this time. Denver came up with labeling the batch “Lucky 13″. We are providing a product made with Virginia grains, purified Nelson county water and aged in premium, select barrels,” Christine continued.

Silverback also touts being very local in the production of this whiskey according to this post on their Facebook page discussing preliminary details of the Father’s Day Weekend release.

“With a mash bill that includes Rye from Three Monkeys Farm LLC and Corn and Malted Barley from Wood’s Mill Malt House, we know BLACKBACK RYE is the best in the global jungle. Milled to perfection at Lockes Mill and using exquisite Char #3 barrels from The Barrel Mill, BLACKBACK RYE is dark and rich, with spice, mint and vanilla competing for space on your palate,”

Countless dozens of people gather Saturday evening to get a taste of the soon to be release Lucky 13 Rye Whiskey at Silverback Distillery in Afton, Virginia - Saturday - May 21, 2016.

Countless dozens of people gather Saturday evening to get a taste of the soon to be release Lucky 13 Rye Whiskey at Silverback Distillery in Afton, Virginia – Saturday – May 21, 2016.

Can’t wait and congrats to everyone at Silverback!

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