Bourbon has been a part of American culture since the late 18th century, when poor farmers in Maryland and Pennsylvania began distilling their excess grain crops. These distillers gradually migrated to Kentucky, which is now the spiritual home of Bourbon. Read More »
The fourth in Woodford Reserve's Masters Collection, Seasoned Oak Finish has been finished in barrels that have been seasoned (ie left outside) for three to five years (rather than the usual three to five months). This process of seasoning changes the wood by reducing tannins and ultimately creates a new range of flavour compounds, and the resulting whisky is proclaimed by Woodford to be their 'most robust whiskey yet'.
Another experiment in the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection, this 1838 Sweet Mash expression is made with entirely fresh ingredients - eschewing the addition of 'Sour' mash from the previous fermentation (as is standard practice across the industry).
A great idea from the folks at Wasmund's - a 2 litre new charred oak cask, two 70cl bottles of their single malt spirit and the challenge of maturing your own 'whisky'. It'll pick up flavour quickly in a barrel this small so it's perfect for experimentation.
A special edition from Jack Daniel's, celebrating one of the whiskey's biggest fans - Frank Sinatra. For over 50 years JD was a firm favourite of Ol' Blue Eyes, regularly appearing in his hand as a tipple of choice. This release is not only bottled at a stronger 45%, but is also partly matured in 'Sinatra barrels', grooved on the inside to allow more wood/spirit interaction, developing deeper and more intense flavour.