Cedar Ridge Releases QuintEssential Special Release Portside


November 27, 2023

Cedar Ridge Distillery Quintessential Portside bottle

Cedar Ridge Distillery announced the launch of The QuintEssential Special Release Portside. This limited edition release was created from 100% 2-Row Pale malted barley, distilled entirely at the Cedar Ridge Distillery and pays homage to the distillery’s cask portfolio.

The QuintEssential Special Release Portside owes its deep ruby hue to the marriage of 6-year-old American Single Malt first aged in Cedar Ridge ex-bourbon barrels which were then finished in First Fill Ruby Port, First Fill Amontillado Sherry and Virgin French Casks.

“For this release in particular, I wanted to do something with a lot of Port influence,” Cedar Ridge Master Blender Murphy Quint said in a news release. “I like to produce big, bold, meaty single malts, so I decided to utilize First-Fill Ruby Port casks in order to capture maximum port flavor. To round it out, I married it with single malt finished in a First-Fill Amontillado Sherry Butt and one Virgin French Oak cask. The end result is definitely Port-dominated, but it has a nice twist to it due to the Sherry and French Oak influence.”

The QuintEssential Special Release Portside is bottled at true cask strength at 117.2 proof, 58.6% ABV, and will be available in Iowa and Chicago as well as online with an SRP of $99.99.

About Cedar Ridge

In 2005, Jeff and Laurie Quint founded Cedar Ridge Distillery because they believed it was time for Iowa – the number one corn-producing state in the U.S. – to share its homegrown bourbon whiskey with the world. Today, Cedar Ridge Distillery provides premium Midwest whiskey from America’s grain belt, managing every step of production while allowing nature to be the ultimate guide. Influenced by its heritage of winemaking and roots in agriculture, Cedar Ridge Distillery consistently produces high-quality, award-winning products.

For more information about Cedar Ridge Distillery, visit https://cedarridgedistillery.com/.