Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs Volume 02, Issue 10

In this edition of Bourbon Barrel Blurbs, we highlight a new collaborative series from Bardstown Bourbon Company featuring Foursquare Rum barrels, Breckenridge Distillery's World's Best Blended award, Tattersall Distilling Co.'s new Kernza grain whiskey, Silverback Distillery's sweep at the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, O.H. Ingram's whiskey brand expansion, Paste's review of Booker's Bourbon "Charlie's Batch," and Cook's Mill Bourbon's historic connections. Finally, Michter's is expanding its capacity to meet high demand and is releasing its 10 Year Rye and Milam & Greene Whiskey has released Bobcat Single Barrel Bourbon, the second release in its Wildlife Collection. So grab a glass and settle in for some exciting whiskey news.

Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Newest Collaboration To Feature Foursquare Rum

Bardstown Bourbon Company will release a new collaborative series of blended Straight Rye and Bourbon, finished in Foursquare Barbados Rum barrels, starting from April 21, 2023. The custom blend of 7-year-old rye and 17-year-old bourbon, aged for 23 months in Foursquare Rum barrels, yields a concentrated expression that bursts with Barbados flavor. The series will be available in 26 states and online, with an SRP of $159.99. More information can be found HERE.

Breckenridge Distillery Won Big At World Whiskies Awards

Breckenridge Distillery's Breckenridge 105 High Proof has won the World's Best Blended award at the World Whiskies Awards in London. The 105 proof whiskey is blended and has notes of rich, dark caramel, toasted almonds, burnt chocolate, dried orange peel, vanilla, and spice. The award is one of many for the mountain distillery, which was founded in 2008 and has also won the World's Best Compound Gin award in 2021 and Colorado Distillery of the Year four times. More information can be found HERE.

Tattersall Distilling Co. Releases Its New Tattersall Kernza Perennial Grain Whiskey

Tattersall Distilling Co. has released the first 100% Kernza whiskey in the United States. The whiskey is made using the Kernza grain, which is billed as being better for the environment because it is a perennial crop that requires less tilling. Tattersall was tapped by the Land Institute of Kansas and the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green initiative to see if there was an interest in working with the crop. For more information, click HERE.

Mother Daughter Duo Sweeps The 2023 New Orleans Bourbon

Silverback Distillery had a very successful showing at the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, winning a total of six awards including the prestigious Best in Fest award. This independent craft distillery is owned by Christine "Hooch Mama" Riggleman and her daughter, Lauren "Baby Hooch" Riggleman, who is the youngest distiller in the United States. Their award-winning spirits include the Alpha Series Bourbon, Blackback Honey Rye Whiskey, and Strange Monkey Gin, among others. With over 20 international awards under their belt, Silverback Distillery is known for producing distinct, flavorful spirits using local grains, mountain water, and American craft(woman)ship. They have production facilities and tasting rooms in both Pennsylvania and Virginia, and are launching distribution in Kentucky this spring. For the full article, click HERE.

The O.H. Ingram Whiskey Brand Is In Expansion Mode.

It seems like O.H. Ingram is expanding its whiskey brand due to increased demand. The company has moved its floating barrel warehouses to a new facility in Columbus, Kentucky, which can accommodate up to 15 floating warehouses. With the two floating warehouses currently located in Columbus, O.H. Ingram will be able to mature up to 6,000 barrels of its River Aged whiskey on the Mississippi River. The brand is currently available in several U.S. states, including Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, and plans to expand further as supply allows.

Paste Reviews Booker’s Bourbon “Charlie’s Batch” (2023-01)

It sounds like Charlie's Batch, the latest release from Jim Beam's Booker's Bourbon brand, is an impressive whiskey with a rich, complex flavor profile. This batch is named after Charlie Hutchens, a former Jim Beam employee who designed and crafted the first wooden box for a bottle of Booker's for former Master Distiller Booker Noe. Hutchens has since continued to craft the boxes for all the years of Booker's that followed.

Charlie's Batch is presented at cask strength, with an ABV of about 63.3%. On the nose, it has notes of deeply caramelized sugars, charred oak, roasted nuts, brown sugar, almond extract, and herbal rye. The wood profile has a slightly funky, older oak aspect, while the ethanol is gentle and muted.

On the palate, Charlie's Batch has a deep, dark caramel flavor, with notes of vanilla and chocolate, savory herbal notes of rye, tobacco, and leather, and some black cherry and jammy fruitiness. The whiskey has a cinnamon brown sugar explosion, supported by modest oak tannin. Despite its high proof point, the ethanol is mild and disappears into the flavor profile, making the whiskey surprisingly drinkable. For the full article, click HERE.

Cook’s Mill Bourbon Has Strong Connections To A Storied Past

Cook’s Mill, located in Alamance County, North Carolina, was a gathering spot during the 1760s Regulator Movement, which some historians consider a catalyst for the American Revolution. Husband-and-wife team, Marc and Wendy Queen, purchased the mill with plans to restore it as a weekend getaway for themselves. However, they were struck by the mill's historic significance and decided to restore it as a working mill. While cleaning the mill, they discovered sacks of corn that had likely been stored there over fifty years ago, sparking the idea of distilling bourbon from locally produced heirloom corn. Through the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, five North Carolina farmers were enlisted to grow rare, heirloom corn varieties: Southern Beauty, Jimmy Red, Jackie Freeman, Levi Mallard, and Leco Milling. The Queens' partner, beverage industry veteran Morgan Chapman, helped develop the business side of things, and the first Cook’s Mill bourbon expression, introduced in October 2022, is distilled from North Carolina–grown corn. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go towards the ongoing restoration of the mill. More information can be found HERE.

Michter's Addresses Shortages, Announces New Release Of 10 Year Rye

Michter's is expanding its capacity to meet high demand for its whiskey by adding new fermenters, transitioning to a 24/7 operation, and investing in bottling equipment. Despite continuing to allocate all of its whiskeys, Michter's is releasing its 10 Year Rye, which has not been available since July 2022, and has a suggested retail price of $200 per 750ml bottle. More information can be found HERE.

Milam & Greene Whiskey Releases Bobcat Bourbon

Milam & Greene Whiskey has released Bobcat Single Barrel Bourbon as the second release in its Wildlife Collection, which showcases the impact of Texas Hill Country weather on aging whiskey. Bobcat Single Barrel Bourbon is named after the solitary, rarely seen bobcat and has been aged for over four years in new American oak barrels in Tennessee, followed by 10.5 months in Texas. It is a cask-strength, single-barrel bourbon with a mash bill of 80% corn, 10% rye, and 10% malted barley. The release is limited to just 209 bottles, available for $99.99 exclusively on the Milam & Greene website and in the distillery tasting room. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle will benefit Texas Parks & Wildlife. For more information, click HERE.

That concludes this edition of Bourbon Barrel Blurbs. We hope you enjoyed reading about the latest releases. Keep an eye out for more updates and news in the world of bourbon and whiskey. As always, please drink responsibly.


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