XO Alambic, a new craft distillery in Dayton, will make its formal debut on Bastille Day with the release of its Cognac-style brandy, Clos Sainte-Rose XO.
XO Alambic is owned and operated by Rusty Figgins, a veteran winemaker and distiller from Walla Walla. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. July 14 at the Blue Mountain Station distillery, 700 Artisan Way St., Dayton. Justin Nix of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce will officiate, and the distillery will serve samples of its new brandy.
Clos Sainte-Rose XO is made from Washington wine grapes. It was double-distilled by Figgins seven years ago and matured in Limousin oak casks that previously held the wine that became the brandy. It was reduced, hand bottled and sealed with beeswax.
XO Alambic said it will release a single-malt whisky and an ancient-gains whisky this fall.
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The distillery is open for tours and tastings by appointment. Call 509-398-3221 for information.