The Blend

Winter Run is a balanced blend of California whiskies distilled in an Alambic still imported from Cognac, France. The blend consists of (1) whiskey distilled from craft Stout beer, aged in French Oak for 8 years, (2) whiskey distilled from craft Pilsner beer, aged in New American Oak for 5 years, (3) a Rye selected for its spice, and (4) a single malt whiskey distilled from two-row malted barley, aged in used French Oak for 9 years.

Yield: 1338 Bottles

Nose: warm vanilla, cherry cola, honeysuckle, hops, citrus, Christmas cake

Tasting notes: toasted almonds, chocolate, oak, hops, orange marmalade

Winter Run

Hop Flavored Whiskey, Rye Whiskey & Malt Whiskey
52% Alcohol by Volume
104 Proof
750 ml



Winter Run is an American whiskey distilled in California by a 13th generation Master Distiller, Marko Karakasevic, using a rare copper alambic pot still imported from Cognac, France. The distillation process with an alambic still – mostly retired by the industry – is far less efficient than a column still, but the end result is whiskey with more body and richness.

The 13th generation Master Distiller creates a small batch of distillate over a 10-day period, sleeping in four hour shifts. He personally decides where each cut is made and selects ‘the heart of hearts’ for double distillation.


Each bottle is wrapped by hand in Italian sheepskin leather.  The glass is heavy and French-Cut, allowing the sheepskin to lay flush against the glass – a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing,’ so to speak. The cork top is made of maple wood.


WOLVES is a unique California whiskey from an equally unique creative group, both based in California. The creatives behind Wolves, James Bond (Undefeated) and Jon Buscemi (Buscemi, Truff, Oliver Peoples) have consistently followed their own paths. Authenticity has been their North Star. When they decided to put the most interesting whiskey on the market, they knew they would need more than a mass-market distillery.

They found what they were looking for – something truly different – at home in California. Nestled between the woods and vines of California’s wine country, lives a 13th generation Master Distiller making bespoke whiskey with the care, skill, and attention not easily found elsewhere. For 35 years, this distillery has operated by the same code and compass that James and Jon abide. Barrels were tasted, samples were made, hands were shook. ‘First Run’ was born, and the rest is history.

First Run

First Run was Wolves’ premier release. It is a blend of California whiskeys distilled in a rare copper Alambic still imported from Cognac, France. 898 bottles of First Run were released online in May of 2019 and sold out online within days.

Nose: slightly sweet, toasted vanilla, citrus

Tasting notes: dark chocolate, citrus, tobacco, oak, allspice, creamy mouthfeel

First Run

Rye Whiskey & Hop Flavored Whiskey
53% Alcohol by Volume
106 Proof
750 ml



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