Primary hit of delicate malt breaks down into waves of lavender, goldenrod and apple — tastes first of matchstick and white cherry, finishing in white raspberry seed and mild anise.
Dad’s Hat™ Pennsylvania White Rye and Rye Whiskey are crafted using local ingredients and traditional methods. Our mission is to distill and deliver classic Pennsylvania Rye spirits following over 200 years of American distilling tradition. It starts with rye grain grown here in Pennsylvania. We are working with local farmers and suppliers to develop sustainable relationships – tapping into Pennsylvania’s agricultural richness to obtain the highest quality grain for our use while offering fair pricing to farmers in our region. Our recipe uses only rye grain and malt to deliver a pure expression of the taste of classic Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey. Our approach is to make a spirit that, straight from the still, is a great white dog ready to bottle and drink; and will evolve with barrel aging to a delicious rye whiskey – finding the right balance between complexity and smoothness. This white dog, straight from the still, will be our first product – Dad’s Hat™ Pennsylvania White Rye™. Pure, spicy, clean and smooth, just as it should be.
We take some of this same white spirit and age it in charred, white oak Quarter Casks to create our Dad’s Hat™ Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey. These barrels are stored in conditions similar to those employed by rye whiskey makers several generations ago. The best Pennsylvania rye whiskey was aged in a temperature controlled environment. Articles written during the heyday for Pennsylvania Rye describe aging warehouses that were kept at controlled temperatures year round.
The result is a very smooth whiskey that delivers that up front spice that rye is known for, and finishes with a full and round mouth feel. It just tastes great. Dad’s Hat™ Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey is “The Perfect Fit” for sipping or for making delicious cocktails.
|My Dad wore hats. Real hats. The kind you only see in old pictures or movies these days. He had a lot of hats. His favorites were Stetson fedoras, handcrafted in Philadelphia.
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. But 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.
I founded Dad’s Hat because I, too, want to do it the right way. To take up a tradition. To make something that mattered. The old way. 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 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.
I 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.
By the way, I kept those hats. I still wear them. And you know what? They fit… Perfectly.
– Herman Mihalich, Founder