Five Trail Whiskey is the first whiskey released by the Coors Whiskey Co. Yes. That Coors. Fresh Rocky Mountain Water, Silver Bullet; I’m sure you’ve heard of them. So what do they know about whiskey? Well, they know enough to use their own internal expertise and to partner with the Bardstown Bourbon Company to develop their product. So, they are off to a great start!Co
Jim Beam Black Bourbon is an older and slightly higher proof version of Jim Beam “White Label” Bourbon, the number 1 selling bourbon in the world. According to the bottle label: “By giving our classic Jim Beam Black the important added ingredient of time in our charred white oak barrels we discovered the smooth caramel and warm oak notes of this premium extra-aged bourbon. A full-bodied character that’s definitely worth the wait.”
The Midway Distilling Company represents a new line of finished rye whiskeys from Bluegrass Distillers. The rye itself is distilled by none other than MPG of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. That’s not bad at all, since we know MGP makes a great rye. In fact, the rye whiskey used is the good ‘ol 95/5 rye (that’s 95% rye, 5% malted barley); MGP’s hallmark. The rye is aged 4 years, and is then finished at Bluegrass Distillers, in Lexington, KY, in a variety of different barrels.
Have you had a whiskey that completely changed your mind about a particular distillery? I certainly have! The year was 2018. For me at that time, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey represented something that I drank in my younger days… and with Coke. Then came the Jack Daniel’s Heritage Barrel. Little did I know how they had changed over the
Sagamore Spirit has the goal of reviving rye production in Maryland. Yes, I did say Maryland. At one point, Maryland was a significant producer of whiskey in the US, with the majority of that whiskey being rye. However, rye in general began its demise in the mid 20th century and Maryland Rye soon all but ceased to exist. Until now.
Have you visited the James B. Beam Distilling Co. (aka the Jim Beam Distillery) recently? They were closed for quite some time during 2020 and 2021, and during that time they were busy doing renovations. Late last year, they opened up again to visitors, and I really love what they have done with the place!
Double Double Oaked is an annual limited release bourbon from Woodford Reserve. It is part of Woodford’s Distillery series. First appearing in 2015, the Double Double Oaked bourbon was not released again until 2017. While initially remaining relatively unknown, it gradually gained popularity and has been an annual release ever since.
Broken Barrel Whiskey Co has an unusual method of finishing whiskey. Instead of putting the aged whiskey in a second barrel, they put pieces of broken barrels in the whiskey. Their flagship releases are Heresy Rye, California Oak, Bourbon and Cask Strength Bourbon. Broken Barrel uses a variety of different types of barrels to create their finished whiskeys. They refer to this blend of stave pieces as the “Oak Bill”.
Whether distilling a bourbon mash in a pot still or column still, the product of the first distillation is generally called “low wine”. The alcohol content and composition of low wine is significantly different whether using a pot still or a column still. In a pot still, the low wine will generally be around 40-50 proof. However in a column still, as seen here, the proof is usually substantially higher.
Have you heard of Company Distilling? What about Jeff Arnett? You may remember him as Jack Daniel’s master distiller, and he now is assuming that role at Company Distilling. Their future plans include having two locations in Tennessee, a smaller one in Townsend and a larger one in Alcoa, which will be their main distillery.