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Top Chef star Justin Sutherland launches US single malt

US distillery Tattersall Distilling has partnered with one of the stars from season 16 of TV series Top Chef to launch an American single malt whiskey.

Justin Sutherland competed in season 16 of Top Chef (photo: The Restaurant Project)

Chef Justin Sutherland competed in the 16th season of Bravo’s Top Chef competition, and has also worked as a culinary consultant for Allianz Field, and as managing partner of Madison Restaurant Group.

The release by Tattersall and Sutherland marks the first whiskey in the distillery’s new range: the Signature Series.

To create the Justin Sutherland Signature Series whiskey, Sutherland worked with Tattersall head distiller Bentley Gilman, and founder John Kreidler, to select a blend of three different straight, single malt whiskeys that were aged for more than two years in Minnesota white oak barrels.

The individual single malts selected comprised 60% mesquite-smoked, 30% applewood-smoked and 10% chocolate-malted straight barley whiskeys.

The mash bill for each whiskey was made up of 90% malted barley and 10% smoked malt.

Bottled at 55% abv, the expression is said to have notes of earthiness, barbecue and chocolate undertones.

It will be available from a selection of Sutherland’s restaurants, including Handsome Hog, Ox-Cart Arcade and Rooftop, The Fits, Public Kitchen and Bar, Gray Duck Tavern, Fire and Whiskey, and Pearl and the Thief. It will be priced at US$49.99 per 750ml bottle.

Sutherland commented: “It is a thrill to have worked with the Tattersall team to create such an amazing whiskey. I can’t wait to toast and share drinks of my whiskey with friends, fellow whiskey enthusiasts and guests in my restaurant.”

The Justin Sutherland Signature Series whiskey has been bottled at 55% abv (photo: The Restaurant Project)

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