Whiskey from Red Hook,
We work each day within this city, over these cobblestone streets, in Red Hook at the juncture of old and new New York City. Where things get done in their own way—a place that defines itself.
Widow Jane scours the country for the finest barrels of Straight Bourbon & Rye Whiskeys. Hand assembled right here in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, we bring these to you with non chill-filtration, and proofed with a hard-yet-sweet pure limestone water from the Legendary Rosendale Mines of Upstate New York.
We also distill every week in Red Hook using the finest non-GMO ingredients, including corn varietals such as Baby Jane that are unique to us and that we have nurtured over many years.
from Tough Rock
When the Widow Jane team set out to produce our own whiskey, we wanted to offer something that was bold and rich with character, but most importantly had the intense taste of New York in each sip. All Widow Jane whiskeys are proofed with pure limestone mineral water from the legendary Rosendale Mines of NY, just 100 miles north of our home in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It was limestone from these mines in Rosendale which were used to build the foundation of some of New York’s and the country’s greatest structures: the gargantuan caissons of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and the 27,000-ton pedestal to the Statue of Liberty. In addition, Grand Central Terminal, the original Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan, the Washington Monument, roads across American, & parts of the White House, too, used Rosendale limestone to build their tough foundations.
Why this water, from these mines? Rosendale cement was world-renowned for its strength. This toughness made it the building material of the early 20th century, and built many of the monuments that define America. These caverns that were mined over the better part of a century then laid empty for so long, their limestone now gone. Over years and years, rainfall filtered down, deep into underground aquifers, combining to fill the mines with pure fresh water that drew its own strength from the limestone that cradled it. The result, a self-renewing source of unique, sweet water, unusually high in mineral content and thus perfect for making and proofing great whiskey.
This water is our fingerprint and signature ingredient in all Widow Jane whiskeys.
For our heirloom varieties, our mash begins in a 3,000 liter tank where we cook our grains including non-gmo heirloom Baby Jane corn, malted rye, and malted barley. We then pitch yeast and allow the mash to ferment.
Each fermentation is distilled 1,000 liters at a time by transferring the fermentation to the pot where steam is injected and the alcohol is refined from a low to a high proof alcohol through the columns.
Our distillation cuts are collected and filled into hydrated 53gallon New American Oak charred barrels where they will age in our rick house until they are ready to be proofed &bottled.
Widow Jane 10 Year Bourbon is a blend of the best barrels from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. Reviving the lost art of marrying the finest whiskeys, Widow Jane 10 Year Old is our signature bourbon. Hand assembled in Brooklyn using the richest & rarest straight bourbons, only ever in 5 barrel batches.
Non-chill filtered & proofed with our own mineral water from the legendary Rosendale Mines of NY, we deliver a whiskey unique in its intensity & complexity. Each bottle is hand numbered before being sent out to be enjoyed.
At Widow Jane our firm plan is to make 100% of our whiskey in our home state as soon as practical. Obviously as much of this whiskey will be aging for 10 years or more it will be a while however before some of it becomes available.
We’re currently making quite a bit of whiskey in Red Hook, Brooklyn and we find ourselves increasingly at capacity there. We are working hard on plans to bring all of our distilling to our New York home, and will share these within the very near future. We look forward to welcoming you one day in the not-too-distant future into a new space in New York that has all production under one roof.
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