Founded in 2010, Ragged Branch was born of Alex Toomy’s desire to establish a bourbon distillery in the Ragged Mountains outside Charlottesville, Virginia with his friends and colleagues, Chris Sarpy and Russell Nance. Wanting to learn from the best, the partners consulted with bourbon artisan Dave Pickerell, who taught them the time-honored, old-school methods of producing straight bourbon whiskey. From the beginning, Ragged Branch has been committed to crafting the finest, authentic Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey with no short-cuts.
Ragged Branch has not purchased alcohol from other distillers nor has it sold un-aged spirits. Each bottle of Ragged Branch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was painstakingly distilled and patiently aged at Ragged Branch. This commitment to tradition, patience, excellence and locality is reflected in the smooth, full flavor of Ragged Branch Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Their process reflects their mission to create truly excellent Virginia straight bourbon whiskey without short-cuts, and with an eye to responsible land use. They begin with corn grown at Ragged Branch and their nearby leased site at Pounding Branch Farm, adding locally sourced wheat or rye. These locally sourced crops have absorbed minerals unique to local soils, which contributes to a taste distinctive to their area. They complete the mash bill with malted barley and grind and cook it on-site every day. Under a watchful eye, the resulting mash waits in their fermentation tanks for approximately four days as the yeast converts the sugars in the mash to alcohol. The fermented mash is then distilled in their 500 gallon, custom built Vendome still. After cutting with water from their site, the distillate is aged in virgin, white oak, charred barrels on-site in the rickhouse. When the aging process is done, the result is Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey that they cut to 90 proof with water. The whiskey is then bottled on-site. Sip it slowly, savor the flavor.