The origin of Old Tahoe Distilley‚Äôs Rye Whiskey began over 60 years ago when a strong, close knit Italian family welcomed its first born grandson. Within this family was an incredible appreciation for fine food and great wine. Wine making was an important element of this family‚Äôs food culture, and most, if not all that the Taverniti‚Äôs consumed was created in the respective households of this family. Mark Taverniti learned the family traditions of wine making by joining his father and grandmother in its process. This family tradition would eventually lead to the creation of Old Tahoe Distillery. Mark Taverniti‚Äôs love of wine making brought his grandmother and him much recognition in Northwest Wine Contests. Mark evolved into restaurants, bars and the wine and beer importing business. Long-time family friends, schoolmates and college teammates had achieved significant positions in the wine and beer industry. These relationships gave Taverniti witness to the emerging fine wine explosion of the 1970‚Äôs and 80‚Äôs. By the late 80‚Äôs, craft brewing was starting to gain momentum and Mark wanted to get involved. Seeing a parallel to the previous wine revolution, Taverniti founded Spanish Peaks Brewery in 1990 and opened for business in 1991. Spanish Peaks enjoyed success and became a top ten craft beer brand by the mid-90‚Äôs. During his tenure as founder and CEO of Spanish Peaks, Mark began to develop an appreciation for distilled spirits, especially whiskey. Taverniti visited many bourbon distilleries and tried to purchase one in the 90‚Äôs. Although a deal could not be completed, his interest continued. As craft distilling began to ‚Äúmove‚Äù, Taverniti was viewing yet a third evolution in the wine, beer and spirits arena. Having benefited from direct participation in the previous boutique trends, Mark created Old Tahoe Distillery. Old Tahoe Distillery has been formed to market and sell traditional Straight Rye Whiskey and Honey Flavored Rye Whiskey. As the Colonial Whiskey or our country and the foundation of many of our traditional whiskey cocktails, Rye has been the target product of Old Tahoe Distillery from it‚Äôs inception.
Old Tahoe Straight Rye Whiskey exhibits the traditional characteristics of a superior quality Straight Rye Whiskey. This palate is a historic expression of the classic American whiskey style that should be expected from a premium Straight Rye Whiskey. This taste profile is achieved by the marriage of the finest available ingredients including a Straight Rye ‚ÄúMashbill‚Äù and closely managed small batch aging in properly prepared wood. Old Tahoe Straight Rye Whiskey will present a stronger and spicier spirit than Bourbon or Tennessee whiskey. As a rough comparison, think of the difference between corn bread and rye bread. This subtle and elegant taste profile with depth is achieved by combining Straight Rye with the closely directed aging process. The result is Old Tahoe‚Äôs smooth, deep taste with the expected Rye Whiskey taste characteristics.