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 »
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels
An interesting bourbon with a unique twist - after the initial maturation it takes a leaf out of Scotch Whisky's book and spends between 3 and 6 months finishing in port barrels. The more experimentation the better, we reckon, especially when it turns out something like this - marrying the sweet caramel and grain of bourbon with the rich sticky wine flavours of a port cask.
A specially selected whiskey from George Dickel, blended from casks chosen each year by the master distiller - hence 'Barrel Select'. It's made in a batch of about 10 casks, each having aged their contents for 10-12 years.
A limited edition Buffalo Trace bottled from 8 casks filled in May 1993 and then stored next to each other in the warehouse before bottling. It lost almost half its volume over the 17.5 years of its maturation and it looks like an interesting prospect.
A set of three half bottles of white dog (unmatured whiskey) show-casing Buffalo Trace's 3 main spirit recipes. Along with the already released Mash #1 there is also Wheated Mash, used to make WL Weller and Pappy Van Winkle, and Rye Mash, used to make Sazerac. An interesting insight into the development of whiskey in the cask and an increasingly popular cocktail ingredient.
The classic Maker's Mark topped with a double dipping of red and white wax. One of their many special edition 'waxings' we think this one is in hnour of the Alabama State Prde 2009 National Championship...
A single recipe is selected, by Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, from the 10 that are used to make Four Roses whiskeys. This is then bottled at barrel strength and released as Four Roses's Limited Edition Single Barrel.
Another release of Four Roses's Limited Edition Single Barrel from 2013. The recipe used to create this is selected by Master Distiller Jim Rutledge from the 10 recipes that go into their whiskeys. This edition is batch number 3-4P and bottled at 63.4%.
Another release of Four Roses's Limited Edition Single Barrel from 2013. The recipe used to create this is selected by Master Distiller Jim Rutledge from the 10 recipes that go into their whiskeys. This edition is batch number 3-4W and bottled at 66.5%.