Jeptha Creed Bottled In Bond Rye Bourbon Review

Jeptha Creed Distillery celebrated their 5th anniversary by releasing this Rye Bourbon Mash Bill Bottled In Bond Bourbon on November 11, 2021. Similar to their Four Grain Bourbon, the base grain is their family farm grown Bloody Butcher Corn. That unique heirloom corn, as well as malted rye, give this bourbon some unique flavor characteristics. Read all about it in our full review!

Jeptha Creed
Bottled In Bond
Rye Bourbon Mash Bill
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Shelbyville, Kentucky
100 Proof
Aged at least 4 years
MSRP: ~$50

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Jeptha Creed Distillery celebrated their 5th anniversary by releasing this Rye Bourbon Mash Bill Bottled In Bond Bourbon on November 11, 2021. So, let’s take a quick flashback to get up to speed on this mother and daughter owned distillery. Joyce Nethery and her daughter, Autumn, are the team that own and run Jeptha Creed Distillery. They do things a little bit differently, but in a good way. First, the primary grain in all of their bourbons is Bloody Butcher Corn, grown on their own family farm. Second, they use malted rye and malted wheat as their secondary grains, which is a bit unconventional

In August of 2016 Jeptha Creed distilled their first bourbon. They soon after opened their doors to the public on November 11, 2016. For the first few years, they sold mainly unaged spirits, including flavored and unflavored vodkas and moonshine. The goal was to let their bourbon age, and not sell it before it was ready. Ultimately, they released their first straight bourbon, the very unique Four Grain Bourbon on May 10, 2019. It was followed by this Bottled In Bond Rye Bourbon in November 2019.

Mash Bill

75% Bloody Butcher Corn, 20% malted rye & 5% malted barley

Like the original Four Grain Bourbon, this Bottled In Bond “Rye Heavy” Bourbon (as Jeptha Creed refers to it) has the estate grown Bloody Butcher Corn making up the majority of its mash bill. However, unlike the Four Grain, this bourbon uses only three grains. The secondary grain is malted rye, and there is a small percentage of malted barley, too.

Tasting Notes – Jeptha Creed Rye Mash Bill Bottled In Bond Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉Nose: Mild brown sugar sweetness and light leather; graininess and dark cherries in the background at first; subtle smokiness; as time goes on, burnt caramel and light rye spices become much more noticeable; moderate alcohol
👉Taste: Brown sugar, dry oak, dark cherry, caramel, mild grassiness in the background and some smokiness
👉Finish: Capsaicin spice builds fairly rapidly and continues into a fairly long finish. There’s also some dry oak, barrel char and smokiness, with a moderate burn. Mild leather and some grassiness becomes more noticeable as time goes on. Smoke lingers.

This bourbon changes quite a bit from the nose to the finish. The spice and dry oak which develop as the sip goes on are not really suggested by the nose. The nose initially is dominated by leather, brown sugar, dark cherries and graininess. However, after the first sip, a pleasant burnt caramel and some rye spices become more noticeable. In the taste, some of the dry oak begins to appear, to be joined by growing spice in the finish. I also notice a smokiness throughout, almost like a mildly peated scotch.

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A Unique Flavor Profile

The flavor profile of this Bottled In Bond bourbon has some interesting and complex notes. Likely, this is the effect of the unique mash bill. I find that Blood Butcher Corn adds some more grainy and earthy flavors to whiskey. In addition, malted rye also adds significantly different notes than the much more commonly used unmalted variety. All of this combines to create flavors that might be a bit unexpected. The spice and dryness in the finish, as well as the smokiness, came as a bit of a surprise as well.

I am enjoying this bourbon. However, similar to the Four Grain, it brings forth some flavors that are a bit unexpected. If you are in the mood for something different, are in the mood for a little smoke, and these flavors appeal to you, then definitely give Jeptha Creed Bottled In Bond Rye Bourbon a try!

We hope you have enjoyed our Jeptha Creed Bottled in Bond Rye Bourbon Review!

Thank you to Jeptha Creed for graciously providing this bourbon for our review! Would you like to learn about Jeptha Creed’s first bourbon? Then you’ll want to read our Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon Review!

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