Our Rye

Our Rye

Our Commitment

Rye from Southern Alberta and water from the Sierra Nevada’s. We have a personal connection to these ingredients and we believe in them. As for the other factors that influence rye whiskey – barrels, time of distillation, and proof – we hold no such reverence. Bender’s will not change gratuitously from small batch to small batch and it will not change for the sake of change. But it will continue to evolve, to progress and to improve.


Aged for seven years in virgin charred oak barrels and blended in small batches, Bender’s is a bold yet refined spirit.

Batch 001

It’s been said that nothing worthwhile is ever easy and we wouldn’t have it any other way. It took us fifty-two iterations to land on our opening take on a modern whiskey: a complex yet accessible, small batch Canadian Rye. Our first batch was sourced from an independently owned distillery just south of Calgary not far from where one of our founders was born. We worked with this distiller over the span of a year and half and were given access to the barrel room to blend various rye combinations. The final high proof whiskey was brought to Treasure Island, where it went through additional interations of blending and experimentation before being bottled and released.

Specifications

Produced At

The Treasure Island Distillery

Distilled In

Alberta, Canada

Batch Size

3348 Bottles

The Distillation Process

Batch distillation in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1. Column distillation x1
  • Stage 2. Copper pot distillation and repeated rectification
Source Of Grains

Southern Alberta

Our Grains

Whole Grain Rye

Proof

96

Years Aged

7 Years

Barrels Used To Age

Virgin Charred American White Oak

Mash Bill

85% rye, 15% corn

ABV In Barrel

Rye 64.6% ABV, corn 79.1% ABV

Water Sources

Hetch Hetchy & the Highwood River


Batch 002

Our second batch was sourced from the same independently owned distillery as our first batch but has some subtle distinctions. Most notably this batch boasts a well rounded 9 year rye and 13 year corn with an updated mashbill of 92% Rye and 8% Corn. This mashbill allowed us to maintain the profile of our first batch while the additional aging gave it a well rounded maturity.

Specifications

Produced At

The Treasure Island Distillery

Distilled In

Alberta, Canada

Batch Size

3360 Bottles

The Distillation Process

Batch distillation in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1. Column distillation x1
  • Stage 2. Copper pot distillation and repeated rectification
Source Of Grains

Southern Alberta

Our Grains

Whole Grain Rye

Proof

96

Years Aged

Rye: 9 Years, Corn: 13 Years

Barrels Used To Age

1 Year Old Charred American White Oak Bourbon Barrels

Mash Bill

92% rye, 8% corn

ABV In Barrel

Rye 64.8% abv & Corn 80.8% abv

Water Sources

Hetch Hetchy & the Highwood River