Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon Review

Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon offers a unique flavor profile thanks to its atypical mash bill. What does 70% Bloody Butcher Corn, 15% malted rye, 10% malted wheat and 5% malted barley do to the flavor profile? Read our full review to find out!
Four Grain
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Jeptha Creed
Shelbyville, Kentucky
98 Proof
Aged at least 2 years
MSRP: ~$50

Please enjoy our Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon Review!

Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon offers a unique flavor profile thanks to its atypical mash bill

Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon was officially released way back in May of 2019. However, Jeptha Creed’s first bourbon distillation began back in August of 2016. Since in order to be called a “straight bourbon” the whiskey has to age at least 2 years, many distilleries such as Jeptha Creed will release unaged spirits while their bourbon is maturing. In Jeptha Creed’s case, they sold mainly flavored and unflavored vodkas and moonshine prior to releasing their bourbon. Today, they still sell those popular unaged spirits as well as a line of bourbons, including this Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a brandy and some special releases.

Mash Bill

70% Bloody Butcher Corn, 15% malted rye, 10% malted wheat, 5% malted barley

The base grain of Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon is the heirloom varietal, Bloody Butcher corn, which is grown on the family farm. What is interesting about the other three grains used, is that they are all malted. It is common for malted barley to be used in bourbon mashes. However, malted rye is less common, and malted wheat is downright rare. According to the Jeptha Creed website, due to a fortuitous accident when they were distilling their initial test batches at a distillery in Wisconsin, malted grains were delivered instead of unmalted ones. As it turns out, the Nethery’s (Jeptha Creed is owned and operated by the mother-daughter team of Joyce and Autumn Nethery) loved their results with these malted grains, and the rest is history. This novel combination of Bloody Butcher Corn and malted grains result in a very unique flavor profile.

Tasting Notes – Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉Nose: Cherry, pear, honey, butter, butterscotch, caramel, lime, leather; relatively mild alcohol
👉Taste: Caramel, honey, dark cherry; mild oak
👉Finish: Black pepper spice builds into the long finish. There’s a bit of barrel char becoming more evident later on. Some honey sweetness, caramel, leather and cherry linger, although are eventually replaced by dry oak. Moderate burn.

Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon Neck Label
Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon Review
Classic Flavors, But Unexpected Ones, Too

Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon has classic flavors, as well as some unexpected ones. The nose is warm and inviting with cherry, honey and a butteriness, too. Caramel and butterscotch are there as well. The leather in the nose took me a bit by surprise, but is a nice accompaniment. The taste is a continuation of the flavors, and a pleasant spice develops in the finish. The flavors blend very well together, resulting in an easy drinking bourbon that most everyone would likely enjoy.

Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon offers a change of pace from the mainstream, and would make a nice addition to anyone’s bar. If that’s something you might be looking for, you’ll want to give it a try! Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon Review! If you would like to read about the distillery and see some photos, be sure to check out our Jeptha Creed Distillery Tour Review!

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