Immortal Spirits, State of Jefferson Distilling

Behind the Immortal Spirits' still the State of Jefferson flag is proudly displayed. These hardworking self made distillers make some wicked good product Southern Oregon style. On assignment for the Rogue Valley Messenger.

Behind the Immortal Spirits’ still the State of Jefferson flag is proudly displayed. These hardworking self made distillers make some wicked good product Southern Oregon style. On assignment for the Rogue Valley Messenger.

While there’s a craft brewer popping up on every corner there’s only one local distiller, Immortal Spirits. This is because “there are all these laws that are throwbacks to the prohibition era” according to Jesse Gallagher, owner. “It’s difficult to promote, to distribute, it took me nine months to get my first distilling license, I’m licensed as a liquor store here at my distillery in order to sell bottles. Luckily, OLCC has been really accommodating for us little guys”. He goes on to say that “I originally was a home brewer and dreamed of opening a brewery but this is where my passions focused. The difference is that you can make a great beer and be selling it within months, high turn around, high profit margin. With distilling you get your startup money and then you have to age your product for a long period of time, it makes it hard”.
Jesse laid out all of his products and demonstrated the drinks that best showcase them, videos available on their website. The room was hot from the still which had the State of Jefferson flag proudly hung behind it. Whiskey is all about age “we can’t compete with the guys who’ve been in the game forever, our oldest is four years. While that continues to age we’ve released our Early Whiskey, it’s young but it’s smooth” says Jesse.
Their Knarr Absinthe Verte, made with Oregon wine and homegrown herbs is served as a drink called the Garden Green, “a dangerous summer drink, the basil pumps it up and the cucumber mellows it down” according to head distiller John Madison. The herb and mint profile leads to a long dynamic finish. His favorite is still the Eau de Vie Poire, a liquor made with only Southern Oregon pears that “tastes just like my favorite fruit, the asian pear”.
“We’re DIY kind of people and we’ve had to be” says Jesse, “we fabricated the stills, for a while I was ever re coopering barrels”. He’s not sure why there isn’t a strong craft distilling scene but laughs when he describes “those people who only drink Oregon beer and Oregon wine but if they want a shot they go crack open a bottle of Jim Bean”. He goes on to conclude “there’s about to be more people concerned with hyper local distilling, we’re poised on this precipice and I really think having a tasting room serving specially designed cocktails made with our own bitters to present the best, most unique flavors possible will really help spread awareness”. If the quality and poise of Immortal Spirits products are any indication, theEarlyn the Rogue Valley has exciting times to come.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s