Welcome to our Five Horses Tavern Whiskey Book, and in depth menu featuring every selection from our extensive whiskey list. Whether you're looking for something new to try or something to read along to while you sip and ponder over the whiskey in your glass, we hope you enjoy the digital catalogue we have created. Cheers!
Table Of Contents
Chapter One1– Table Of Contents
– Tasting Boards
Chapter Two2– Blended Scotch Whisky
– Single Malt Scotch Whisky
– Rye Whiskey
– Irish Whiskey
Chapter Three3– Japanese Whisky
– Tennessee Whiskey
– Canadian Whisky
Chapter Four4– Small Batch & Specialty Grain
– White Whiskey
Taste your way through a selection of curated flight boards. Each flight features four 1oz pours of our whiskies, displayed on our handmade boards of reclaimed whiskey stave.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Flight:34• Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon
• George T Stagg JR Bourbon
• Sazerac Rye
• Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon
––Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America, 200 years old to be exact. Family owned and located in Franklin County, Kentucky, the distillery’s rich history includes such legendary distillers as E.H. Taylor Jr, Albert B. Blanton and W.L. Weller. In this flight you will have the pleasure of experiencing these three legendary distillers.
Flight:48• Laphroaig 10 Year
• Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood
• Cragganmore 12 Year
• Talisker 10 Year
––Single Malt Scotch is made only from malted barley, in two (occasionally three) copper pot stills by a batch process. Single Malt Scotch are made by individual distillery. In this flight you will get a tour of Scotland as you experience some of the most awarded selections of Scotland.
American Whiskey Flight
Flight:28• Amador Kentucky Bourbon
• Old Gran Dad
• Clyde May’s American
• Berkshire American Corn
––The history of whiskey begins in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. It was in the eastern United States in 1791 when whiskey started began to enter American residents hearts and taste buds. It was brewed as a rye-based product and eventually taxed by the president, which led to the famous “Whiskey Rebellion.” The people of Kentucky and Tennessee began to brew American whiskey as they could procure the necessary materials. Corn was bountiful in this area, and as it makes up 51% of the total ingredient share for Whiskey, it was needed. As whiskey evolved, it was split into two types: bourbon and sour mash. The latter is still primarily produced in Tennessee, where it continues its popularity as a strong American drink. In this flight you will be able experience the variety of flavors in uniquely made Whiskeys from different areas of the U.S.
Rare whiskey is hard to find, but easily appreciated. Each of the labels in our "Collections" category are single year releases, and when the final drop is poured we will say goodbye to them forever. Due to their uniqueness, we recommend spending time with each pour contemplating the color, nose, palate, and finish.
Complementary bottles of Saratoga Spring Water available to accompany any overproof whiskey from our Collection.
Van Winkle Collection
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Frankfort, KY–The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery has a four-generation history. In 1935 at the age of 61, Pappy opened the newly completed Stitzel-Weller Distillery in South Louisville. Their prominent brands were W.L. Weller, Old Fitzgerald, Rebel Yell, and Cabin Still. He had a heavy influence on operations there until his death at the age of 91.
All of the Van Winkle bourbons are made with corn, wheat, and barley instead of corn, rye and, barley. This “wheated” recipe gives the bourbon a much softer, smoother taste and it also allows the whiskey to age more gracefully.
Due to this selection’s reputation, its availability is extremely limited.
Old Rip VanWinkle – 201949107 proof, 10 years old
Old Rip VanWinkle – 202050107 proof, 10 years old
Despite being the youngest of the annually released Van Winkle vintages, Old Rip Van Winkle 10 provides an otherworldly tasting experience. A splash of limestone well-water is added before bottling to keep it as close to barrel proof as possible. Strong vanilla and toasted wood flavors with caramel, roasted nuts, and a long, spicy finish.
Special Reserve ’Lot B’ 20196390.4 proof, 12 years old
Special Reserve ’Lot B’ 20205390.4 proof, 12 years old
A perfect combination of age and proof, lending to pronounced notes of soft wheat. Flavors of sun-kissed fruits and dark spices laced with caramel from the butterscotch start to the savory finish.
Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year – 201917595.6 proof
– The nose starts with dried fruit followed by espresso, oak and buttery toffee. Palate is rich and spicy, oak underpinning nutty sweetness, honey and star anise. A very spicy, sweet, and long finish. It was named “Spirit of the Year” for 2010 by Wine and Spirits magazine. This is the only 23 year old Bourbon sold in the country today.
Buffalo Trace Collection
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Frankfort, Kentucky–Ancient buffalo carved paths through the wilderness that led American pioneers and explorers to new frontiers. One such trail led to the banks of the Kentucky River where Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making bourbon whiskey the same way for more than 200 years. Many of their bourbons are named in honor of past Buffalo Trace Master Distillers who have contributed to the craft of bourbon in ways that changed the spirit across the country. The distillery is a designated National Historic Landmark.
George T Stagg 201765129.2 proof, 15 Year, 3 Month
– A highly revered release for the Antique Collection, this bourbon boasts a nose of dried raisin, brown sugar, and oaky overtones that mask its high proof. The palate is deep and rich, with hints of cherry and caramel that finish with heat, leather, and cigar box.
George T Stagg 201886124.9 proof, 15 Year, 4 Month
– The highest rated Stagg release in the last half decade, this 124.9 proof bourbon delivers a depth of flavor and intrigue that cuts through the heat that other bourbons of the same proof would be characterized by. The nose starts subtle and inviting, with notes of sweet raisin, brown sugar, and rye spice. Burnt caramel and cherry dance between earthy oak and vanilla on the mouth, finishing in with a hit of rye spice and tobacco.
George T Stagg 201955116.9 proof, 15 Year, 4 Month
– Uncharacteristically low proof for the series, the 2019 Stagg proves itself among the collection by delivering a rich and flavorful sip. The lower proof allows for a more boisterous bouquet of aroma from the glass, with notes of sweet cinnamon bark, chocolate, and Mexican vanilla bean. The palate is rich, yet refined, with a spicy but manageable heat.
George T Stagg 202072130.4 proof, 15 Year, 4 Month
– The nose is light – take a moment swirling to let it open up and experience notes of rum soaked dark fruit, cigar box, and burnt caramel. Spiced vanilla and leather dominate the palate, rich but not overpowering, with a long and complex finish of cinnamon, graham cracker, and heat.
Elmer T Lee 100th Birthday Bourbon 42 2019, 100 Proof
On August 5th, 1919, Elmer T. Lee was born on a tobacco farm near Peaks Mill in Franklin County, Kentucky. From meager beginnings, few would have thought Elmer would grow up and earn an engineering degree from the University of Kentucky, create the world’s first single barrel bourbon called Blanton’s, and become one of the most celebrated Master Distillers. In honor of what would have been Elmer’s 100th birthday, Buffalo Trace Distillery announced the release of a single run 100 proof commemorative bottling of Elmer T. Lee. Similar in profile to the original single barrel release, this 100 proof version boasts a nose of maple syrup, with flavors of creamy vanilla with berries. The finish lingers with toasted oak, coffee, and vanilla.
Weller 12 Year 3490 proof
Once overlooked by many bourbon afficionados, WL Weller 12 Year was often a staple among whiskey bars, until you couldn’t find it anymore. Perhaps it was because of an American bourbon renaissance, or perhaps because its now widely known that the Weller 12 is the same mash bill and age as the Van Winkle 12 Year Lot B. For many, its as close as you can get to Pappy. This wheated bourbon sports a beautiful nose of almond, oak, and vanilla. Its sweet nose gives way to a dry palate of oak and buttercream, with a tannin filled finish.
Rockhill Farms Single Barrel 25 100 proof
Named for the rich farmland along the Kentucky River, Rock Hill Farms is part of Buffalo Trace’s Bourbon Mashbill #2 family. With the exception of Ancient Age, Mashbill #2 based bourbons are currently composed of only single barrel offerings. The limestone waters of the Kentucky River that wind through Bluegrass country and alongside Buffalo Trace Distillery nourish the land and provide the distinct flavor to Rock Hill Farms. Summer cherries, light hay, and baked apple waft out of the glass. Spice notes dance between flavors of leather and toasted vanilla, with a blast of rye spice on the finish accompanied by evergreen and oak.
Hancock’s President’s Reserve 19 88.9 proof
In 1775, the Leestown settlement was established along the banks of the Kentucky River by Willis and Hancock Lee. Soon this became a well-known shipping port for tobacco, hemp and whiskey. The Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey pays tribute to the pioneering spirit of Hancock Lee. Bottled at 88.9 proof, this single barrel release is said to use Buffalo Trace’s highest rye mash bill. Hay and light oak define the nose, with undertones of vanilla and peach. Vanilla and cinnamon on the palate quickly give way to a powerful rye spice, with a finish of black peppercorn and caramel.
Heaven Hill Collection
Heaven Hill Distillery
Bardstown, Kentucky–At the historic intersection of 17th Street and Breckenridge Street
in downtown Louisville sits Heaven Hill’s Bernheim Distillery: the world’s largest independent, family-owned Bourbon distillery, producing 1,300 barrels a day. As founders of Heaven Hill Distillery, the Shapira family has been at the helm of the largest independent, family-owned and operated distillery in America since 1935.
Old Fitzgerald 9 Year Bourbon26Fall 2018, 100 proof
– Produced in October 2008 and bottled in August 2018, this is the 2nd of 10 in Heaven Hill’s Old Fitzgerald Bottled-In-Bond series. To be labelled Bottled-in-Bond, the whiskey must be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at a single distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision for at least four years, and it must be bottled at exactly 100 proof. A classic bourbon nose of vanilla and light oak, followed by a creamy palate of dried fruit, wildflower honey, and a surprisingly low burn for a 100 proof whiskey.
Old Fitzgerald 11 Year Bourbon32Fall 2021, 100 proof
– This series from Heaven Hill Distillery features bottled-in-bond, Kentucky straight bourbon under the Old Fitzgerald label, a wheated bourbon brand. this one initially has a ton of enticing caramels, along with vanilla bean and tart candied apple or apple crisp. There’s moderate oak presence on the nose as well, as well as a moderate spice charge of cinnamon and clove.
Old Fitzgerald 14 Year Bourbon32Fall 2020, 100 proof
– This latest release from the Bottled In Bond series showcases a 14 year Old Fitz’ with incredible balance and warming flavors. The nose boasts fragrant notes of fresh biscuits, sweet custard, and tempered oak. The palate is excellent, with a balance of vanilla and caramel, undertones of lemon and sweet fruit, and buttery oak. The finish is of fleeting dry oak.
Elijah Craig 18 Year Single Barrel4890 proof
– Heaven Hill has made a name for themselves with the yearly release of its Elijah Craig 18 Year Single Barrel Bourbon, which showcases a beautifully consistent bourbon with an impressive age statement. Named after the (so called) father of bourbon, Elijah Craig, the distillers tout it as the “oldest single barrel bourbon in the world.” Distinctly classic and true to form, this bottling highlights the roots and artform of bourbon. Orange, chocolate, toasted oak, and custard notes define the impressive nose and follow through on the palate. The finish moves toward heavy oak, with a depth and darkness that lingers.
Parker’s Heritage Collection
Heaven Hill Distillery
Bardstown, Kentucky–Each year as part of the Parker’s Heritage Collection, Heaven Hill Distillery selects one special whiskey to be released in the name of their late Master Distiller, Parker Beam, who died of ALS in 2017. The barrels selected for this series include Bourbon, Rye, and Wheat Whiskeys, among others, and are some of the finest and most diverse American Whiskeys ever produced. They are a fitting tribute to the expertise of Parker Beam. A portion of proceeds from these bottles is donated yearly to ALS funding and research.
8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey232015, 108 Proof
– One of the last whiskies of the series to be hand-selected by Parker Beam himself, this eight-year-old whiskey features a mash of 65% malt and 35% corn from the Bernheim Distillery, then aged at Heaven’s Hills Bardstown rick house. Featuring a gentle mix of maple, leather, and pine lie underneath an umbrella of pronounced oak, it is surprisingly smooth at 108 proof, with a finish dominated by oak and mellow sweetness.
Orange Curaçao Barrel Finished242018, 110 proof
– This edition features Kentucky straight bourbon aged seven to eight years, and then finished for four months in barrels that previously held French Orange Curacao liqueur. The nose carries traditional notes of caramel and vanilla that are accompanied by sweet orange, candied fruit, and barrel char from the unique barrel finish. Orange marmalade hits the palate, and moves into a finish of hearty oak and sweet fruit. An inventive whiskey with bright orange notes that is grounded in its bourbon whiskey character.
Heavy Char 8 Year Straight Rye282019, 105 proof
– The first rye whiskey release of the Heritage series, this spirit takes the standard Heaven Hill rye mashbill and ages it for 8 years and 9 months in Level 5 char barrels. Unlike the standard Level 3 char, Level 5 fires the inside of the barrels for a full 90 seconds before filling with white spirit. The additional char is said to allow the whiskey to extract deeper notes of spice and wood in the resulting flavor. Rye spice, barrel char and heat dominate the nose. Dark fruits and leather define the palate with a crescendo of spice, followed by a strong finish of seasoned oak, clove and baking spices, and caramel.
Heavy Char 10 Year Straight Bourbon302020, 120 proof
– Following in the footsteps of the 2019 Heavy Char Rye release, this bottle uses the same Level 5 char barrels to create a 10 year old straight bourbon. Though it boasts increased age and proof, this whiskey drinks with a intriguingly balanced character between bold oak notes and classic bourbon caramel and spice. A rambunctious nose of vanilla and heavy char gives way to a palate of vanilla, dark cherries, and punchy spice.
Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Pitlochry, Scotland–Signatory, as an independent bottler, is able to source a few casks from distilleries throughout Scotland, bottle them under the Signatory Label, and then offer to the market these single malts that are otherwise found only in blends. Chill-filtering is a process to remove the majority of fats and oils naturally in the malt. Large distilleries use chill filtering to remove cloudiness and to ensure consistent flavors in their blends. Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection enhances each cask’s natural flavor and body with their un-chillfiltering process.
Signatory Vintage Glen Rothes 19951892 Proof
– Distilled at Glen Rothes and bottled by Signatory in 2012, this was released in the ‘Un-Chillfiltered Collection’ after 17 years of maturing in first-fill sherry butt. The unchillfiltered style gives this whisky fuller body and flavor. Butter and crème brulee fill the palate with notes of cinnamon and a velvety finish of warm spice.
Caol Ila 2003
Signatory Vintage Glenlivet 1996 18
Signatory Vintage Linkwood 2008 16.50
Bourbon has been distilled in the United States since the days of the American Revolution. It was not until May 4, 1964 that Congress recognized it as a “distinctive product of the United States.” Under federal regulations, bourbon is a whiskey distilled at no more than 160 proof from a fermented mash of no less than 51% corn. The balance of the mash may be any other grain but is generally rye and barley. The product must be aged in new charred American oak barrels
1792 Ridgemont Reserve 8.501792 Distillery, Bardstown, KY, 93.7 Proof
– To commemorate the year Kentucky went into statehood, it is the official toasting Bourbon of the Kentucky Bourbon festival. Each bottle is handcrafted in small batches, bottled at 93.7 proof and aged for 8 years.
Angel’s Envy 14Louisville Distilling Co., Louisville, KY, 86.6 proof
– Small batch and hand blended, each barrel of Angel’s Envy is finished in select ruby port barrels made from French Oak and imported directly from Portugal. Subtle notes of vanilla and maple permeate the palate with a lingering finish of toasted nut and Madeira. Some portion of whiskey is lost during the aging process, known as the “Angel’s Share.” After tasting the finished whiskey, Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson joked that they had finally gotten a better deal than the angels. And so Angel’s Envy was born.
Booker’s 15James B. Beam Distilling Co, Clermont, KY, 127 proof
– Having the highest alcohol content of all the brands in the Jim Beam Small Batch Bourbon collection it has the cask strength of a Bourbon. It was personally selected by Jim Beam’s grandson, the late distiller emeritus Booker Noe. Noe originally bottled this straight from the barrel Bourbon as gift to close friends and family, but eventually made it available to the general public, starting in 1992. Booker’s Bourbon is aged between six and eight years and is bottled un-cut and without chill filtering at its natural proof between 121 and 130.
Bakers 10James B. Beam Distillery Co, Clermont, KY, 107 proof
– Named after Baker Beam, grand nephew of Jim Beam, is seven year aged Bourbon, hand bottled. The mix of grains, yeast, and seven years in new oak combine to give this Bourbon a deeply mellow, richly flavorful, medium-bodied taste.
Basil Hayden 11James B. Beam Distilling Co, Clermont, KY, 80 proof
– The recipe dates back to 1796, when Basil Hayden himself was a master distiller. Hayden was born and raised in Maryland, where he learned to make whiskey from rye. When he came to Kentucky, Hayden began making whiskey from a base of corn, but added a higher percentage of rye than other distillers, resulting in a smooth, mild Bourbon that was distinctly his own.
Berkshire Bourbon 9.50Berkshire Mountain Distilleries, Great Barrington, MA, 86 proof
– Handcrafted in small batches using local corn sourced from a farmer two miles from the distillery. Smooth with bright notes of spicy rye, vanilla and mature fruit. Lingering finish of caramel and toasted nut.
Blanton’s Single Barrel 15Blanton’s Distilling Co, Frankfort, KY, 93 proof
– Taken from the center-cut or middle sections of the famous Warehouse H, Blanton’s Original was once designated for ambassadors, dignitaries, and Colonel Blanton’s family and friends. Today, everyone has access to the world’s first single barrel Bourbon. The taste profile is sweet with citrus and oak. A creamy vanilla nose features hints of nuts, caramel, orange and light chocolate. Blanton’s Original set the standard for single barrel Bourbons.
Breaker Port Finish 14Ascendant Spirits, Santa Barbara, CA, 90 proof
– A blend of eight bourbon barrels hand picked by the Master Distiller, this whiskey takes inspiration from local Santa Ynez Valley wineries by finishing in port wine barrels. Beautifully hued, with sweet aromas of lush fruit and a balance of caramel and soft spice. Gold Medal winner at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Buffalo Trace 9.50Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY, 90 proof
– The flagship Bourbon of the distillery. Within the past decade, Buffalo Trace has won more awards than any other distillery in the world, including an unmatched seven “Distillery of the Year” titles. Outstanding aroma with deep oak and vanilla notes.
Bulleit 10Bulleit Distilling Co, Lawrenceburg, KY, 80 proof
– As a tavern keeper in Louisville, year 1830, Augustus Bulliet began producing small batches of bourbon. Relentless in his pursuit of perfection, he experimented with different recipes and Bulleit Bourbon was born. It is the highest Rye Bourbon on the market today, giving it a slightly spicy and sweet mouth feel with notes of Christmas oranges and cloves.
Bulleit 10 Year 15Bulleit Distilling Co., Lawrenceburg, KY, 90 proof
– Tom Bulleit’s select reserve. Each barrel is hand picked and set aside for ten years, maturing into a special expression of bourbon that’s rich and incredibly smooth. Winner of the gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for three consecutive years, this whiskey boasts rich, oaky aromas and flavors of vanilla, dried fruit, and smoke.
Eagle Rare 11Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY, 90 proof
– Masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than 10 years, each barrel is discriminately selected. The rareness of this great breed of Bourbon is evident in its complex aroma of toffee and orange peel followed by a bold and dry taste with notes of candied almonds.
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch 10.50Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY, 100 proof
– Made by hand, this Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey has been aged inside century old warehouses constructed by E.H. Taylor, Jr. Tastes of caramel corn sweetness, mingled with butterscotch and licorice. The aftertaste is a soft mouth-feel that turns into subtle spices of pepper and tobacco.
Elijah Craig Small Batch 10Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc, Bardstown, KY, 94 proof
– Back in the 1700’s a Baptist minister by that name actually invented the process of aging whiskey in charred oak barrels. Today, this super premium small batch Bourbon remains one of the finest on the market.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 16Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, KY, 132.8 proof
– Named after the father of Bourbon Rev. Elijah Craig this limited release Small Batch, twelve-year-old Bourbon is bottled at Barrel Proof and without chill filtering, preserving the natural flavors produced during the aging process. Featuring notes of caramel and vanilla with backend spices of peppercorn and cinnamon.
Elmer T. Lee 14Ancient Age Distilling Co., Frankfort, KY, 90 proof
– Bears a palate with an almost wine-like character that balances intense fruits, honey, and vanilla.
Evan Williams Black Label 8Heaven Hill Distilleries, Bardstown, KY, 86 proof
– Light and minty with some vanilla on the nose.
Evan Williams Single Barrel 9Heaven Hill Distilleries, Bardstown, KY, 86.6 Proof
– Medium amber color with sweet notes of vanilla and rich caramel
Fighting Cock 7Fighting Cock Distilling Co., Bardstown, KY, 103 proof
– Made in the heart of Bourbon country with a hefty portion of rye grain, aged for 6 years.
Four Roses Yellow Label 8Four Roses Distillery, LLC, Lawrenceburg, KY, 80 proof
– A worldwide favorite, especially when creating cocktails with a sophisticated and contemporary flair.
Four Roses Small Batch 9Four Roses Distillery, LLC, Lawrenceburg, KY, 90 Proof
– Hand selected barrels from Four Roses’ four different bourbon recipes are blended to create perfect balance of richness and mellow character. Rich fruits and sweet caramel on the nose give way to creamy flavors of ripened red berry and balanced spice.
Four Roses Single Barrel 12Four Roses Distillery Ltd, Lawrenceburg, KY, 100 proof
– Four Roses produces ten distillate flavors each year and ages each flavor individually in new white oak charred barrels. Each flavor is distinctively different, but floral and fruity aromas and the smoothness and mellowness of their taste characterize all flavors. Jim Rutledge carefully selects one of the ten Bourbon flavors Four Roses produces for their Single Barrel and the Bourbon connoisseur. The additional flavor characteristics of this Bourbon include notes of honey and maple syrup plus hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Henry McKenna 10 Year 12Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc, Bardstown, KY, 80 proof
– In 1837 Henry McKenna settled in Kentucky from Ireland, bringing with him a family tradition of whiskey making. He soon feel in love with the style of Bourbon and the rest is history. As the oldest regularly released Bottled-In-Bond bourbon, this whiskey delivers real whiskey with real history. Satin-smooth oak and burnt sugar backdrop follow a nose of herbal spice and orange rind.
Hudson Valley Baby Bourbon 19.50Tuthilltown Spirits, Gardiner, NY, 92 proof
– The first Bourbon to be distilled in New York. This single grain Bourbon is made from 100% New York corn and aged in their special small American Oak barrels. It is Tuthilltown’s first whiskey and the first legal pot distilled whiskey made in New York since prohibition.
Jefferson’s Very Small Batch 10Castle Brands, Crestwood, KY, 82.3 proof
– A marriage of four blended Kentucky bourbons for balance, complexity and consistency. A nose of caramel and spice, with notes of dark fruit leather and a lasting finish of wood and vanilla.
Kentucky Tavern 5Barton Brands Ltd., Bardstown, KY, 80 proof
– Authentic brand, in existence for more than 110 years.
Kentucky Vintage 6.50Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd., Bardstown, KY, 90 proof
– Medium bodied, reminiscent of clove, citrus, and dried herbs.
Knob Creek 12James B. Beam Distilling Co, Clermont, KY, 100 proof
– Named after Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home in Kentucky, Knob Creek is Bourbon at its finest. This specially hand-crafted Bourbon was created to represent whiskey before it was mass produced. Aged nine years in wood, Knob Creek embodies the look, feel and taste of pre-prohibition Bourbon with distinct notes of cherry.
John E. Fitzgerald ‘Larceny’ 8Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, KY, 92 proof
– Selected by Master Distillers and made with wheat as the secondary grain instead of rye, Larceny is a smoother tasting bourbon.
Makers Mark 9James B. Beam Distilling Co, Loretto, KY, 90 proof
– A solid Bourbon with a strong corn, wood, and floral nose.
Michter’s Small Batch 11.50Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Bardstown, KY, 91.4 Proof
– Typical notes of corn, caramel and butterscotch. A robust, rich, semi-sweet, and spicy palate. The finish is rich and tasty with dry wood tones and fresh pine that’s nice and warm.
Noah’s Mill 12Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Ltd, Bardstown, KY, 114.3 Proof
– Noah’s Mill is a 15 year aged, small batch Bourbon distilled and bottle in Bardstown, Kentucky – the Bourbon capital of the world. Surprisingly elegant at 114.3 Proof, which is perhaps odd to say about a whiskey at near-barrel strength. You get the rye showing its face on the front end with a nice creaminess and subtlety on the back end. The nose is sweet and satisfying and lightly floral, with wood, leather and distinct apricot scents. Surprisingly graceful and very, very drinkable.
Old Crow 5.75James B. Beam Distilling Co. Clermont, KY, 80 proof
– A value bourbon whiskey from the Jim Beam Co.
Old Forester 7Brown Foreman Distillery, Louisville, KY, 86 proof
– Heat and spice with a medium length spicy fade out finish.
Old Grand Dad 7James B. Beam Distilling Co, at Booker Noe Plant, Boston, KY, 86 proof
– High rye in the grain bill gives aromas of spice.
OYO Michelone Reserve 12Middle West Spirits, Columbus, OH, 90 Proof
– A four grain bourbon named after the original word for the Ohio River Valley (“O-Why-O”). Named in honor of their grandfather who inspired this small batch Master’s Blend, it marries sweet yellow corn, soft red winter wheat, dark pumpernickel rye, and two-row barley. Aromas of coconut cream and toffeed nuts, fruity medium-body with flavors of whole nut and a baking spice driven finish.
Rowan’s Creek 8Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd, Bardstown, KY, 100.1 Proof
– Rowan’s Creek is made and bottled by hand, in small lots, one batch at a time. A lightly fruity nose with moderate oak.
Russell Reserve 10 Year 10Austin, Nichols Distilling Co., Lawrence, KY, 90.6 Proof
– A genuine wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey, hand-crafted and small batched from the original secret Weller family recipe.
Ten High 5.75Barton Brands/Sazerac Company, Owensboro & Bardstown, KY, 80 proof
– The leading brand of Illinois–made bourbons until the 1960’s.
The Wiseman 7Kentucky Owl Distillers, Bardstown, KY, 90 proof
– The first Kentucky Owl release under master blender John Rhea, this bourbon drops the high proof and price point typically associated with Kentucky Owl for something more approachable—a blend of bourbons ranging from 4 to 8 years old. Ginger spice and sweet notes intertwine on a creamy palate along with blackberry tart and cocoa powder. Candied raspberries on the finish are matched with a sustained spice that lingers.
Triple 8 Nor’easter 10Triple 8 Distillery, Nantucket, MA, 88.8 Proof
– Named for the legendary storms that have battered New England for centuries. Born of corn mash, blended to perfection and bottled in small batches.
Wild Turkey 7Wild Turkey Distillery, Lawrenceburg, KY, 81 Proof
– A deep but soft aroma with a taste of vanilla and caramel.
Woodford Reserve 9Labrot & Graham Distillery, Versailles, KY, 90.4 Proof
– Has a delicate woody sweetness, but not quite as potent on the nose. The finish is long and dry with a flowery twist, and lingering wood.
Willett Pot Still Reserve 10Willett Distillery, Lawrenceburg, KY, 114.8 Proof
– The nose starts with brown sugar followed by black cherry, plum, rye spices, substantial oak, and subtle hints of vanilla and caramel. The palate explodes with spice, black pepper, vanilla, caramel and oak. The finish is never ending with subtle fruit and spice.
Blended Scotch whisky constitutes about 90% of the whisky produced in Scotland. Blended Scotch, as its name implies, is the result of blending grain whisky with single malts, sometimes from dozens of different distilleries. Each brand of blended whisky has its own particular flavor profile, and while the grain whisky that goes into it is pretty consistent, the barrels from the individual distilleries all vary. So the tricky task falls on the Master Blender to produce a consistent product, year after year, from these endlessly varying components.
Cutty Sark 7Cutty Sark International, London, Great Britain, UK, 80 Proof
– Created in 1923 when the partners of a wine and spirit merchants Berry Bros. discussed the launch of a new whiskey. Partner Francis Berry had a strong belief in the potential for a new style of whiskey and he insisted that only the finest malt whiskies should be selected for the new blend and that the whiskey should be light in color. A light fragrant aroma with hints of vanilla and oak.
Pig’s Nose 8Spencerfield Spirit Co., Scotland, 80 Proof
– The Pig’s Nose has a rich and malty nose, with sultanas and spices. Seductive and smooth. Big bold and spicy in the mouth, with Sherry and developing notes of wine. Sweeter when water is added. The finish is steadily drying with prunes, oak, dry Sherry and a hint of peat.
Sheep Dip 8.50Spencerfield Spirit Co., Scotland, 80 Proof
– A great whiskey made from 16 malt whiskies aged from 8 to 21 years. Fragrant with notes of coast, tangy, malty, honey and toffee. Rich warming on the palate followed by a punchy and tangy finish.
Dewars White Label 8.50Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, 80 Proof
– A perfectly balanced blended Scotch with delicate notes of unripened pear and a hint of oak. A delightful blend of soft vanilla and honey on the palate.
Johnnie Walker Black Label 11John Walker & Sons, Diageo Co., Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, 80 Proof
– The award winning Johnnie Walker Black Label remains rich and smooth today as it was when Johnnie Walker’s son and grandson were master blenders. It compromises 40 different malts and grains. Rich and full on the nose, sweet with honey, malt and oranges, plus a hint of peat. Sir Winston Churchill’s favorite whiskey.
Chivas Regal 18 Year Blended Scotch 15Chivas Brothers at Strathisla Distillery, Speyside Scotland, 80 Proof
– Regarded as one of the world’s first luxury whiskies, the Chivas brand was born from two brothers who’s ambition for aging and blending secured them among the ranks of world class whisky producers. Blended from over twenty whiskies matured for at least 18 years. Lush chocolate and orange notes are dominate throughout. The nose has some citrus and spice notes, and Sherry notes on the finish.
Johnnie Walker Blue 39John Walker & Sons, Diego Co., Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, 86 Proof
– Created to reflect the style of whiskies in the early 19th century, it’s blended using some of the rarest casks from the Johnnie Walker stocks, the largest in the world. The casks are hand-selected and set aside for their exceptional quality, character and flavor. The character of Blue Label is truly unique; it is complex, powerful, incredibly smooth and retains the Johnnie Walker signature smokiness.
Single Malt Scotch is whisky made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. As with any Scotch whisky, a Single Malt Scotch must be distilled in Scotland and matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).
Single Malt Scotch
Auchentoshan American Oak 10.50WF Distilling, Lowlands, Clydebank, Scotland, 80 Proof
– One of only six distillers in the Scottish Lowlands, Auchentoshan, meaning ‘the field in the corner’ in Gaelic, is often known as the breakfast whisky for its sweet and delicate nature. Triple distilled and matured solely in American bourbon casks, this expression features sweet aromas of vanilla, coconut and a smooth delicate taste.
Balvenie Double Wood 12 Year 16The Balvenie Distillery Company LTD, Speyside, Scotland, 80 Proof
– A rich whisky gaining distinction from two separate woods. During its period of maturation the whiskey is transferred from a traditional oak whiskey cask to a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask. Each stage lends a different quality to the resulting single malt – the casks having previously held bourbon, soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavor.
Balvenie 15 Year Single Barrel 29The Balvenie Distillery Company LTD, Speyside, Scotland, 95.6 Proof
– Matured exclusively in European oak sherry butt for 15 years. Fragrant aroma of vanilla, honeyed sweetness, hints of heather and dry oaky notes. Rich and complex, suggestive of years of careful ageing, it has a honeyed maltiness with vanilla, oak flavors and delicate spice notes. A long and complex finish with a touch of licorice.
Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood Finish 45The Balvenie Distillery Company LTD, Speyside, Scotland, 95.2 Proof
– A marriage of rare Balvenie is transferred to port casks, or pipes, which have held fine port wines. Here it is sampled regularly by the The Balvenie Malt Master to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt whisky preserving its original characteristics. The palate is refined with remarkable character, creamy and silky with fruit, honey, and spice notes. The finish is long and gentle.
Caol Ila 12 Year 15Caol Ila Distillers, Islay, Scotland, 86 Proof
– Caol Ila is considered to be one of the lighter of the Islays. Medium-bodied with a rounded flavor and mild citric fruitiness. A fresh and appetizing nose, with a little trace of smoke. A firm smooth light to medium body. Pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish.
Cragganmore 12 Year 15Cragganmore Distillery Co., Speyside, Scotland, 80 Proof
– A combination of sweet floral fragrances, riverside herbs and flowers with some honey and vanilla. A strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood on the palate. A long, malt-driven finish with light smoke and hints of sweetness.
Glennfiddich 15 Year 18Glennfiddich Distillery, Speyside, Scotland, 80 Proof
– A marriage of American and European oak casks and Oloroso sherry casks. Warm honey and green fruits on the nose. The palate is intense but very leathery, oaky and earthy, turning into hints of cinnamon and spice. A medium, round body and long and pleasant end finishes this complex and unique Scotch.
Glenfiddich 18 Year 25Glenfiddich Distillery, Speyside, Scotland, 86 Proof
– This 18 year old from Glenfiddich’s core range was matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks. Many malts finished in sherry casks are overwhelmed by the rich sherry flavors (sometimes intentionally to disguise a poor malt). But in this case the Oloroso adds to the already rich mix of orange, ginger, and toffee. A rich and delicate finish.
Glenlivet 15 Year 19The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire, Scotland, 80 Proof
– Beautifully structured with interplay of fruits and spices. The aroma is intense and sweet with hints of citrus fruit. A full palate contrast notes of ripe mango with cinnamon and white pepper. This leads into a long and creamy finish balanced by a teasing, spicy dryness conferred by selective maturation of new French oak casks.
Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt Scotch 11Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain Ross-shire, Scotland, 86 Proof
– The original expression and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland’s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks. The palate is light to medium, with citrus and some grassiness and hints of vanilla.
Gordon & MacPhail’s Glent Grant 10 Year 13Gordon & MacPhail, Elgin, Scotland, 80 Proof
– Distilled at Glen Grant and oaked under contract by Scotland’s famous Gordon & MacPhail bottlers. This release is part of their ‘Distillery Labels’ series, in partnership with Glen Grant. Matured in bourbon casks, this is a soft and fruity scotch with old school flavors of vanilla and stone fruit.
Laphroaig 10 Year 14D Johnston & Company, Glasgow, Scotland, 86 Proof
– Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all malt Scotch whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. In making this particular whisky, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particular flavor. Suggested to be served neat, or with a little cool water. A full bodied Scotch, with a huge smoky nose. Finish is long and lingering.
Macallan 12 Year 15.75Macallan Distillery, Speyside, Scotland, 80 Proof
– Vanilla with a hint of ginger, dried fruits, sherry sweetness and wood smoke on the nose. Deliciously smooth, rich dried fruits and sherry, balanced with wood smoke and spice on the palate. The finish is complex with sweet toffee and dried fruits, lingering wood smoke and spice.
Oban 14 Year 16Oban Distillers, Highlands, Scotland, 86 Proof
– Rich sweetness and fruits – oranges, lemons and pears, with sea salt and peaty smokiness on the nose. A full rich body with dried figs and honey-sweet spices, followed by a smoky malty dryness on the palate. A long, smooth-sweet finish with oak-wood, dryness and a grain of salt.
Talisker 10 Year 14Talisker Distillery, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 91.6 Proof
– A complex single malt with a rich dried fruit sweetness, clouds of smoke, strong barley-malt flavors and a peppery eruption at the back of the throat. A huge, long, peppery finish with an appetizing sweetness on the finish.
Pre-prohibition rye whiskey made up the majority of whiskey production in the United States. Rye whiskey is a product that is not distilled more than 160 proof from a fermented mash of grain containing at least 51% rye grain. A straight rye in the United States must be bottled at no less than 80 proof, and be aged in new charred oak barrels for no less than two years.
Bulleit Rye 9Bulliet Distilling Co, Lawrenceburg, KY, 90 Proof
– With a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, a mix well above the legal requirement of 51% rye for rye whiskey, Bulleit Rye has become the new go-to for Rye enthusiasts since its release. It is aged a minimum of four years in new white oak barrels that are charred to level 4 (the highest level). The palate is smoothly balanced and complex, with notes of white pepper and tarragon, as well as sweeter notes of maple syrup and dried fruit.
High West Double Rye 9.50High West Distillery, Park City, UT, 92 Proof
– Marriage of two straight rye whiskies that combines the feisty properties of a high rye 2-year-old and the saddle smooth richness of a 16-year-old. The 2-year-old has a 95% rye 5% barley malt mash bill. The older rye has a “barely legal” rye mash bill of 53% rye and 37% corn. The extra age and corn provides some extra sweetness to calm the “bite” of the younger rye for a relationship that works.
High West Rendezvous Rye 13High West Distillery, Park City, UT, 92 Proof
– Marriage of two straight rye whiskies: a straight 6-year-old with a mash bill containing 95% rye and 5% barley malt; a straight 16-year-old with a mash bill containing 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt. High West does not chill filter its whiskies because they prefer to retain the natural oils that contribute flavor, texture, and a lingering finish that is really enjoyable in a sipping whiskey.
Lock Stock & Barrel 16 Year Straight Rye 28R.J. Cooper & Son, Philadelphia, PA, 107 Proof
– 100% rye mash bill with a “robust cut,” left unfiltered and aged in cold weather for 16 years. This rye is explosively flavorful yet perfectly balanced. Incredibly fragrant, it features notes of roasted acorn, sour grass, wild cherry, stewed blackberry, & dried pear. Won Double Gold at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Old Overholt 5James B. Beam Distilling Co, Clermont, KY, 80 Proof
– Originally produced in western Pennsylvania, now distilled by Jim Beam out of Claremont, Kentucky. This whiskey hits the palate with a shot of honey and vanilla in the middle, fading into spice. Served nice and cheap.
Redemption Rye 8.25Strong Spirits Inc, Bardstown, KY, 92 Proof
– They start with a mash-bill of 95% premium rye and age it for over two years in new charred oak barrels. Once properly aged they bottle it at a bold 92 proof. For a young whisky it’s spicy, with crisp evergreen, warming cinnamon, clove, licorice, dark chocolate, and suggestions of gin botanicals.
Rittenhouse Rye 8.50Heaven Hill Distilleries, Bardstown, KY, 100 Proof
– Rittenhouse rye is rich and intense. Vibrant with lush notes of dark chocolate, rye, clove, sticky caramel, and well integrated oak. It has been stored continuously for at least four years in American oak barrels. The current revival of classic cocktail mixology has resulted in high demand for Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.
Templeton Rye 8Templeton Rye Spirits, Templeton, IA, 80 Proof
– Rerelease of the prohibition era whiskey, said to have been mobster Al Capone’s drink of choice. Deep amber in color, the brings notes of grass and spice which gives way to flavors of butterscotch, pepper, and allspice.
Sazerac 6 Year 9.75Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY, 90 Proof
– 6 year old straight rye whiskey. Sazerac Rye Whiskey symbolizes the tradition and history of New Orleans dating back to the 1800’s. Sazerac Rye Whiskey was used to make the original, first and only branded American Cocktail—The Sazerac.
WhistlePig 10 Year 17.50WhistlePig Farm Distillery, Shoreham, VT, 100 Proof
– A 100 proof, 100 percent rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years in new American oak barrels. It was released in the summer of 2010 to great critical acclaim, receiving numerous distinctions such as the “highest ever” designation from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and “highest recommendation” from the Spirits Journal.
By Irish law, all whiskey must be aged a minimum of three years in barrels. Single malt Irish whiskey is made from 100% malted barley by a single distillery in a pot still. Grain whiskey is particularly light in style. Made from corn or wheat, grain whiskey is produced in column stills. Blended whiskey constitutes 90% of all Irish whiskey production. Pure pot still whiskey is a blend of both malted and unmalted barley distilled in a pot still. It is a style unique to Ireland.
Bushmills 7.50Old Bushmills Distillery, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, 86 Proof
– Original Bushmills, otherwise known as White Bush or Bushmills White Label, is the oldest whiskey in Irish history – legal distillation at least. Going back to 1608, the Bushmills name is long lasting and has a reputation to uphold. Distilled with a lighter grain malt, this whiskey has a unique smoothness and full flavor.
Glendalough Double Barrel 8Glendalough Distillery, Glendalough, Ireland, 92 Proof
– Ireland’s first craft distillery, built in the ‘City of 7 Churches.’ This beautifully aged whiskey gains maritime character from aging on the east coast of Ireland, with a full, rounded character from select first-fill bourbon casks. The nose is sweet with hints of citrus and meadow flowers. The palate balances orange zest, vanilla and chocolate, and spicier cinnamon and pepper notes. Finish of lingering sweetness.
Jameson 8.50Old Midleton Distillery, Co Cork, Ireland, 80 Proof
– This recipe is all about balance. The balance between just the right amount of malted and un-malted barley to give a natural barley flavor. Balancing the exact proportions of triple distilled Pot Still Whiskeys and then triple distilled Grain Whiskeys to deliver exceptional smoothness. And balancing the sweet, nutty flavor from Sherry casks with the toasted wood and vanilla notes from Bourbon casks.
Redbreast 12 Year 14Old Midleton Distillery, Co Cork, Ireland, 80 Proof
– Redbreast is the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish whiskey in the world and is regarded as the definitive expression of traditional Pot Still whiskey. Full of aroma and flavour, it benefits from a strong contribution from distillates which have matured in Oloroso sherry casks, giving it its trademark Christmas cake character.
Tullamore Dew 7.50Tullamore Distilley, Tullamore Town, Ireland, 80 Proof
– Triple distilled, blended Irish whiskey from barley in pot stills and aged in charred oak. Tullamore Dew is a smooth and malty Irish whiskey that has been distilled in the small town of Tullamore in County Offaly since 1829.
West Cork Bourbon Cask 8West Cork Distillery, West Cork, Ireland, 80 Proof
The beginnings of Japanese Whisky were largely a response to the popularity and quality of Scotch. First produced in the beginning of the 20th century, the style soon became wildly popular domestically, benefitting from superb Japanese water sources. It wasn’t until the turn of the 21st century that Japanese Whisky found broad appeal on the international scene, and now many examples are regarded as some of the finest whiskies in the world.
Hakushu 12 Year Single Malt 19Suntory Distillers, Osaka, Japan, 86 Proof
– Hakushu is Suntory’s second distillery, located in the deep forest of the Japanese Southern Alps. Fresh and gently smoky with green flavors of basil, pine needle, and sweet pear. The finish features a warmth of subtle smoke and soft herbal notes of green tea.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony 17Suntory Distillers, Osaka, Japan, 86 Proof
– Hibiki, meaning resonance in Japanese, speaks to the soul and emotions of the most discerning whisky lover. Blended from ten single malt whiskies from Suntory distillers Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Chita, this whisky showcases smooth floral aromas, honey and citrus on the palate and a exquisite finish of Mizunara Japanese oak.
Suntory Toki 10Suntory Distillers, Osaka, Japan, 86 Proof
– Toki means ‘time’ in Japanese, calling on traditions of reinvention and energy. This blend draws from single malts from three acclaimed Suntory distilleries. Silky and clean with a subtle finish, this expression showcases notes of green apple, basil, honey, grapefruit, and ginger.
Yamazaki 12 Year Single Malt 24Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, Kyoto, Japan, 86 Proof
– Yamazaki 12 year is handcrafted at Japan’s oldest distillery, built by Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii in 1923. Distilled through the art of Japanese craftsmanship in perfect harmony with nature, it is then aged in casks of three different kinds of oaks: American, Spanish and Japanese. This is a medium-bodied single malt whisky with aromas of dried fruits and honey, and a delicate taste with a lingering, woody finish.
The primary difference between Tennessee whiskey and bourbon is that the "white dog" or new make spirit is dripped through sugar maple charcoal to mellow the whiskey before being put in the barrel, while bourbon goes directly from the still into the barrel. This dripping through charcoal is known as the "Lincoln County Process".
Jack Daniels8Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, TN, 80 Proof
– What gives Jack Daniel’s its distinctive character is the way in which they charcoal mellow their whiskey drop by drop (through 10 feet of charcoal), then let it age in their own handcrafted barrels. And they don’t follow a calendar. Jack Daniels Tennessee Sippin’ Whiskey is ready only when their tasters say it is.
Gentleman Jack 8.50Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, TN, 80 Proof
– Jack Daniel knew what charcoal mellowing meant for his whiskey, so it’s only natural that he’d wonder what a second trip through the charcoal might yield. Throughout his life, he experimented with charcoal mellowing his whiskey twice, once before it went into the barrel and again after it came out. While Mr. Jack never did produce much whiskey this way, we’re thankful that he saved the recipe. And in 1988 they started making Gentleman Jack, the first new whiskey from the Jack Daniel Distillery in more than 100 years.
Most Canadian whiskies are blended multi-grain spirits containing a large percentage of corn spirits, and are typically lighter and smoother than other whisky styles. Because rye was once a standard ingredient in Canadian whisky, the terms "rye whisky" and "Canadian whisky" are often used interchangeably in Canada.
Canadian Club 6.75Hiram Walker and Sons, Walkerville, Ontario, 80 Proof
– This six-year-old is the company’s biggest seller. It’s a light bodied whisky — what its makers say is a good “transitional” liquor for younger palates seeking to move on from beer ” — with a smooth, sweet, slightly spicy taste from its rye, rye malt, barley malt and corn building blocks and a clean, short finish.
Crown Royal 8Diageo Distillery, Gimli, Canada, 80 Proof
– It’s important to understand that the resulting smoothness and complexity of a typical Crown Royal whisky involves the distillation of various grains (including corn, rye, wheat and barley), the distillates of which are subsequently aged in an astounding variety of casks. The wood barrels utilized may include ex-Bourbon, ex-Canadian whisky, relatively ‘fresh’ oak and ex-wine casks.
Seagrams V.O 6Diageo Distillery, Valleyfield, Quebec, 80 Proof
– Once prohibition ended, the Seagram’s company had large reserved of whisky ready for the American market. This is one of the biggest reasons Canadian whisky was, and is, so popular in the US. The initials “VO” meaning is not well documented but could mean either “very old” or “very own”. Very smooth and light in flavour, except for some subtle grains, slight sweetness and a bit of oak.
Small batch whiskey is a term usually referring to bourbon or rye whiskey, and denotes a whiskey produced by mixing the contents of a relatively small number of selected barrels. The philosophy here is that single barrels are much too quirky, too idiosyncratic to bottle individually. If you're going to put your name on the bottle, you want the person who buys it to be able to trust that what's in that bottle is what they expect, that it's like the last bottle that they liked so much. From a distiller’s point of view, it makes far more sense to select your choicest barrels, but instead of bottling them one at a time, they are dumped together to make what they term small batch whiskey.
Small Batch & Specialty Grain
Berkshire Corn 9.50Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Great Barrington, MA, 86 Proof
– Berkshire Mountain Distillers‘ Corn Whiskey is handcrafted in small batches using local corn sourced from a farmer two miles from the distillery. It is aged over oak and cherry wood that is cut, milled and charred by hand on the farm.
Bernheim Wheat 12Heaven Hill Distilleries, Bardstown, KY, 90 Proof
– Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey represents the first truly new American whiskey style to be introduced in many generations. Whereas other whiskeys contain primary corn, barley, or rye in their recipes, Bernheim is the only type of straight whiskey which uses soft winter wheat. The result is a full-bodied, sweet, yet smooth whiskey that is produced in small batches and aged to perfection in traditional open rick warehouses.
Breuckelen 77 13Breuckelen Distillery, Brooklyn, NY, 90 proof
– Distilled from 100% New York wheat (previously known as Black Wax), and aged a minimum of four months in new American oak.
Whipper Snapper 8.50Ransom Spirits, Sheridan, OR, 84 Proof
– Made from a combination of barley that is malted in the Pacific Northwest, and unmalted barley grown in the Willamette valley of Oregon. The second part of the blend is made by using a base of Kentucky corn whitedog, which is re-distilled in an alembic pot still. Aging takes place in a variety of barrels, including used French coopered pinot noir barrels, new American coopered whiskey barrels, and used American whiskey barrels. It is aged for between six months and two years, with an average time of about one year.
White dog, moonshine, corn whiskey, raw whiskey, white whiskey–whichever name you call it, unaged, just-off-the-still whiskey is a style gaining in popularity over the last few years. Since it is not aged in barrels, white whiskey lets the flavor of the grain, (corn, wheat, and rye are most common) shine through. And interestingly, while the oak maturation is the main factor in creating the colors and flavors of aged whiskies, newly distilled whisky have flavors which are distinctive to the ingredients with which and process by which they were distilled.
Glendalough Mountain Strength Poitín 9Glendalough Distillery, Glendalough, Ireland, 120 Proof
– Before there was whiskey, there was poitín. Earliest records from 584AD show that Irish monastic settlements, like Glendalough, were the birthplace of distilling in Ireland. Traditionally made from malted barley, sugar beet and potatoes. There are hints of black, cracked pepper, some dried fruits and dried apricots with touches of vanilla and toasty oak throughout.
High West Silver OMG Pure Rye 9.50High West Distillery, Park City, UT, 98.6 Proof
– OMG had a different meaning in the 1800’s – Old MononGahela rye. It is an un-aged whiskey made in the style from 1800’s Western Pennsylvania. With a traditional 80% rye and 20% malted rye mash bill, nose of plums and strawberry with spicy rye grain and herbs.
High West Western Oat Silver 10High West Distillery, Park City, UT, 80 Proof
– Made from a grain bill of 85% oats and 15% barley malt that is distilled between 160 and 190 proof, aged in a used barrel for 5 minutes, then cut with a high mineral content water back to 80 proof. Delicate aromas of bison grass, granola, toasted nut and grain, and chervil follow through on a soft, satiny entry to a light-to-medium body with hints of anise, pear, and apple.
Hudson Valley NY Corn 11Tuthilltown Spirits, Gardiner, NY, 92 Proof
– Distilled the old fashioned way, one batch at a time from 100% New York corn. This unaged sipping whiskey is clear and soft to the tongue, with the faint aroma of corn fields at harvest. Extremely well balanced flavors of toasted corn bead, dried fruits and nuts present themselves with a silky soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pleasantly warming mineral finish.
Midnight Moon Cherry7.50Piedmont Distillers of Madison, NC, 100 Proof
– Midnight Moon Cherry flavored spirits each begin with the handcrafted, ultra-smooth Midnight Moon recipe. Real fruit and Midnight Moon are then placed in mason jars by hand (just like moonshiners have done for generations). They age in the jar for several weeks, to ensure each bottle reaches the peak of all-natural fruit flavor before it leaves the distillery.