The Maker’s Mark DNA project set out to experiment with 4 different barrel entry proofs: 110, 115, 120 & 125. The bourbons were all distilled on the same day, and aged in the same warehouse, on the same middle floor. They were not rotated. The barrels were aged for 8 years, which is longer than the usual ~6 years for Maker’s Mark. They were bottled at barrel proof, and if memory serves me, they were bottled as single barrels so the proofs will vary across each batch.
Boone County Toasted Cask Finish is the latest release from Boone County Distilling Co. This bourbon starts with their fully matured 5 year old Small Batch Bourbon. Then, it is finished in toasted barrels for 3 months. Unfortunately, I do not know any more specifics than that. Although, I do know that their small batch bourbon is distilled by MGP and has a mashbill of 75% corn, 21% rye & 4% malted barley. 1120 bottles were produced.
Evan Williams Bourbon, also known as Evan Williams Black Label was introduced in 1957. Originally a 7 year 90 proof bourbon in a flashy bottle, it has made some changes over the years. EW Black is made from Heaven Hill’s standard bourbon mash bill: 78% corn, 10% rye, 12% malted barley. It’s non-age stated, but I have it on reasonably good authority that this bourbon is around 5 to 5 1/2 years old.
Boone County Distilling Co has a unique niche in the continuously expanding Kentucky bourbon market; its products are “Made By Ghosts.” This ominous sounding tag line in reality is the company’s homage to those now little known nineteenth century characters in Boone County, Kentucky, who forged an enormous distilling pathway.
Jim Beam Bourbon, probably more commonly known as Jim Beam White Label, is Beam’s flagship product. According to data compiled by The Spirits Business, in 2020, the Jim Beam brand was the number one selling bourbon in the world, and good ‘ol Jim Beam White Label made up the majority of those sales. You may be wondering why Jim Beam Bourbon is so popular? That’s a fair question, so let’s take a closer look.
Bluegrass Distillers Blue Corn Bottled in Bond Bourbon is a unique bourbon. Not only does Bluegrass Distillers use a non-GMO blue corn grown in central Kentucky, they also use wheat as the secondary grain. So, why is wheat unique? Well, because the majority of bourbons have rye as their secondary grain. We don’t even have to guess at the exact recipe; the folks at Bluegrass Distillers share the mash bill with us right there on the label. It’s 75% Blue Corn, 21% Wheat, 4% Malted Barley.
The folks at Wilderness Trail Distillery have recently made some changes. First, their core products are all now small batch Bottled In Bond whiskeys. Therefore, the original single barrel barrel strength rye and single barrel Bottled In Bond wheated bourbon will now both be 100 proof small batch Bottled In Bond whiskeys. For those familiar with Wilderness Trail’s whiskeys, you’ll recognize that this change makes their parameters the same as the original High Rye Small Batch Bourbon. Don’t worry, single barrel barrel proof whiskeys are not gone. They will still be available in their Family Reserve line.
The Wild Turkey brand was started by Austin, Nichols & Co back in the 1940s. Austin, Nichols & Co originally began as a wholesale grocer, then added wine and spirits, and then transitioned to only wine and spirits. They did not distill, but rather they purchased the bourbon for Wild Turkey from a variety of sources. One of the main sources of bourbon was the Ripy Brothers Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, although the town may have been known as Tyrone at the time.
Starlino Rye is the first release of Rabbit Hole’s Distillery Series. According to Rabbit Hole, the Distillery Series “will deliver a collection of extraordinary spirits that push the boundaries of craft and creativity.” As the name implies, Rabbit Hole’s Distillery Series will be available at the distillery, but also at select retailers.