Hot Summer – Hotter Bourbon with Evan

In the previous American Whiskey tasting we hosted back in May I focused on Craft Distilleries throughout the USA – some older and some younger. This time around most of the lineup consisted of more traditional distilleries and Bourbon – with a few exceptions.

This was the lineup:

Straight Edge Bourbon – 42% ABV
This Whiskey is bottled by Splinter Group which is known as an NDP. In American Whiskey terms, NDP stands for Non Distiller Producer. This means that Splinter Group does not create the whiskey themselves – since they do not have a distillery they instead purchase stock from other Distillers and bottle it themselves.

Straight Edge Bourbon is a blend of 5, 7 and 8-year-old Bourbons from Kentucky and Tennessee. Produced from a mashbill of 70% corn and the balance a mix of rye and wheat. The Bourbon was finished in Napa Cabernet barrels before bottling at 42%. Only a little over 10,000 bottles were produced. $84

Tin Cup American Whiskey – 42% ABV
Originally created by Jess Graber – who also was originally behind Stranahan’s Whiskey which also hails from Colorado. Now owned by Proximo Spirits (Bushmills and Jose Cuervo).

While not marketed as a bourbon, Tin Cup is essentially this in all but name. Created from 4 to 5-year-old stock sourced MGP in Indiana with a high rye mashbill of 64% corn, 32% rye & 4% malted barley. Bottled at 42% ABV. $43

Jim Beam Single Barrel – 47.5% ABV
Jim Beam is massive distillery in Clermont, Kentucky responsible for the creation of many different bottles including Jim Beam, Knobb Creek, Bakers, Booker’s, Basil Hayden, Old Grand-Dad and more. It is owned by Beam Suntory.

Jim Beam Single Barrel comes from specially selected casks that hail from the same stock that goes into Jim Beam White Label and Black Label. It is made from a mashbill of 77% Corn, 13% Rye, and 10% Malted Barley. Bottled at 47.5% ABV. $47

EH Taylor Small Batch – 50% ABV
Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor was known as the father of Bottled in Bond or Bonded Whiskey. The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 was the first consumer protection law put in place in the United States. It was enacted to promote and guarantee the provenance and minimum age of American whiskey at a time when there were many adulterated and downright fake ‘whiskey’ on the market.

The law states that a Bonded Whiskey must be all made at one Distillery by the same distiller and entirely produced within the same year. It has to be bottled at exactly 50% ABV and at least 4 years old. $100

EH Taylor Single Barrel – 50% ABV
The Single Barrel version of EH Taylor is also Bottled in Bond and is made at Buffalo Trace Distillery. All EH Taylor Whiskey is aged in barrels that lay in Warehouse C – which was originally built in 1881 by the Colonel. $100

Wild Turkey Rare Breed – 56.4% ABV
Wild Turkey actually has a pair of master distillers – the father/son duo of Jimmy and Eddie Russell.

This Wild Turkey offering has been around since 1991. Typically blended from casks aged from 6, 8, and 12 years old. Bottled at Batch strength. $51

Wyoming Bourbon KWM Cask – 56.36% ABV
More than any other Bourbon we tasted our way through on the evening of this event, I was excited to pour this for our tasting. I am very happy with this single barrel and much of that comes from having a hand in selecting this specific barrel.

Our first exclusive cask of Bourbon of Wyoming Whiskey, from Kirby Wyoming. Bottled at 112.72 Proof, or 56.36%, this barrel proof Bourbon barrel can be found nowhere in the world but Kensington Wine Market! Only 192 bottles… it won’t last long! $100

After the lineup was tasted through, those that attended voted for their two favourites of the night. When the dust cleared it was a tie at the top between the EH Taylor Single Barrel and our own Wyoming Bourbon KWM Cask. Everybody seemed to be in a single cask mood for the night!

Thank you to everybody in attendance and a big thank you to Cured Delicatessen for providing the food compliment!

Cheers and until next time,
Evan
evan@kensingtonwinemarket.com
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