The family patriarch, Denver Riggleman, is the namesake for the family business. I’m not sure if the family nickname was always well-received by the Dad and Co-Founder, but there’s no denying that it plays well into the branding for the distillery. Clever product names like Blackback Bourbon, Alpha Series Rye, and Beringei Vodka work in perfect harmony with the self-described “troop” of distillers.
From the Silverback website:
Why is the distillery named “Silverback”? Silverback is the nick-name given to Christine’s husband, Denver, by their three wonderful, wise-ass daughters. His early graying hair, overprotective demeanor and generally grumpy attitude (although sprinkled with unbridled exuberance) contributed to the name.
We reached out to Lauren Riggleman Weller (aka Babyhooch), GM and Distiller for Silverback, to get more information on their products. Lauren was very quick to get back to us, and she gave us great information on the products and even set up a phone interview where we spoke with her in-depth about the products.
In tasting their products it’s clear they aren’t trying to rush things by using smaller barrels–which hopefully more craft distillers have the foresight to do as well. Lauren graciously shared with us that Silverback Distillery is aging their products in 53 gallon barrels from Independent Stave in their Virginia location.
Today we’re reviewing Silverback’s Blackback “Alpha Series” Rye which is a four year old single barrel product coming in at cask strength (110 proof). Interestingly, the Alpha Series rye went into the barrel at 110 as well–which tells us there wasn’t a lot of evaporation in this [just over] four year product. Alright, enough chat, let’s pop this bottle and have a taste!