The QuintEssential™

American Single Malt

The richness of our American Single Malt Whiskey is strengthened by our immediate access to fresh, once-used barrels from a variety of sources, including our own wine and Port casks. The complexity of The QuintEssential develops as we add each unique finishing cask in the proper proportion. There is an element of interest or surprise being incorporated into the overall blend with each addition from our arsenal of complex casks. Cheers!

Direct shipping is available in select markets. Unfortunately we do not ship to the states of AK, AL, HI, ID, KS, MA, MI, MS, OK, PA, SC, UT.


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The Quintessential

Leaving a Legacy of
Whiskey in the Midwest

  • World Whiskies Awards (2024) – SILVER
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2023) – DOUBLE GOLD & FINALIST BEST IN CLASS AMERICAN SINGLE MALT
  • Barleycorn Awards (Spring 2023) – SILVER
  • New York International Spirits Competition (2023) – 93 POINTS, SILVER
  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge (2023) – 86 Points
  • ASCOT Award (2023) – GOLD
  • Wine Enthusiast (2022) – 95 POINTS & TOP 8 WHISKEYS
  • Barleycorn Awards (2022) – DOUBLE GOLD & BEST AMERICAN SINGLE MALT of the YEAR
  • ASCOT Award (2022) – PLATINUM
  • Barleycorn Awards (2021) – GOLD & BEST AMERICAN SINGLE MALT
  • Whisky Advocate (2020) – 91 POINTS
  • Beverage Testing Institute (2020) – 93 POINTS
  • DISTILLER (2020) – 91 POINTS
  • International Craft Competition (2020) – GOLD
  • The Whiskey Wash – RATED 5 OUT OF 5
2017 Distillery of the Year

Cooked cereal and herbaceous notes on the nose, along with caramel and vanilla. Sweet, smooth, and creamy, although slightly drying on the palate with pronounced dried/baked fruit notes. Long finish featuring caramel and vanilla notes and a persistent pepperiness.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition Judging Panel, 2023


1 Signature Blend

Our Process






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Private Barrel Program

Cedar Ridge offers a limited number of bourbon and rye private barrels to select retailers, businesses, and whiskey clubs each year.

“The beautiful thing about whiskey is that there is no right or wrong. Each barrel is different, with its own unique strengths and limitations. Your role is to discover them.”

Murphy Quint
Murphy Quint, Head Distiller
1. Distillation

After handcrafting our American Single Malt from pure malted barley, we then twice distill to 148º and cut it to 120º.

2. Aging

We age our American Single Malt whiskey in our own ex-bourbon barrels for 3-5 years.

3. Finishing

After aging, we transfer the whiskey to various finishing casks for an additional 2 years.

4. Marrying

We strategically marry various finishing casks together in our Solera Vat. The vat was filled about nine years ago, creating what we call our Mother Batch.

5. Bottling

When we bottle The QuintEssential, we take a small portion of whiskey from the vat, before refilling. This results in a slow evolution from one batch to the next.