The mission of the Amador Whiskey Company is to "partner with the finest craft distilleries in the United States to create limited-edition whiskeys." The company's first release was crafted by Charbay Master Distiller Marko Karakasevic. Thirty years ago, Karakasevic — a 12th generation Master Distiller — emigrated to California and became a pioneer in the American craft spirits movement by opening the doors to one of the first craft distilleries in the United States. Over three decades later, Karakasevic continues to release some of the most unique and interesting spirits in the world.
Amador Ten Barrels Straight Hop-Flavored Whiskey is made from a marriage of 60% straight malt whiskey and 40% hop-flavored whiskey. The hop-flavored whiskey is crafted from Racer 5 IPA, a craft beer brewed by the Bear Republic Brewery. The IPA is full-bodied, and contributes a malty hoppiness to the whiskey without overwhelming the whiskey's flavor profile.