Dry Land Distillers releases limited bottles of barrel-aged Cactus spirits each year. Our Cactus Añejo is aged between 1 - 3 years. Barrel aging in new or used whiskey barrels creates a gorgeous spirit that is reminiscent of earthy, peaty scotch - yet completely unique.
The Añejo is absolutely beautiful as a sipping spirit - try it on a rock with or without a twist of lime. This spirit is typically between 82 and 88 proof depending on the barrel.
Dry Land Distillers Cactus spirit originates with fresh cut prickly pear cactus pads. We slice the cactus lengthwise into strips and smoke it over a low temperature mesquite fire for 24 – 48 hours. We shred the cactus using a wood chipper and cook it at moderate temperatures in our mash tun. If fresh cactus fruit is in season, we add it to the mash for a boost of sugar; if not, we balance the sugar content with raw cane sugar. The cactus wash is fermented for approximately seven days before distillation in our custom pot still.
Our silver Cactus spirit is proofed down and bottled straight from the still. Dry Land Añejo Cactus is aged in new or used charred oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months before bottling.