American Whiskey / Bourbon
90 POINTS ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE 2018
Gold Medal SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION 2018
Distilled and aged in Tennessee and Kentucky
Selection of 9.5, 10 and 11-year-old barrels
Aged in American white oak barrels
Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
107.6 proof cask strength bottling
Mash bill: corn, rye and malted barley
Appearance: Mahogany veneer leading to motes of shimmering gold leaf melting deeply into the center of the tasting glass. Glistening and clear at the edges, natural fats and oils trail slowly down the glass, each swirl of the glass offers lush prisms of hand polished copper.
Nose: Forest floor of crushed leaves melds into a flaky, lard-spun pie crust laid over homemade mincemeat. Bacon fat and dark brown sugar toasted nuts come into the forefront, along with licks of slow cooked bone broth woven with tangles of sweet and toasty wood smoke.
Palate: Vast slabs of gingerbread toasted over a cast iron pan until just charred, scattered with oven roasted currants and pools of dark Jamaican Rum cream. Each sip of the 107.6 proof heat is beguiling as it rolls over the tongue.
Finish: Split, buttered and griddled diner-style corn muffins slowly give way to richer notes of creamed corn with an undercurrent of cedar shavings. Fire burnished marshmallow crusts are redolent of Café du Monde Beignets sifted with powdered sugar.