No, Not All Bourbon is From Kentucky

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Celebrate #30DaysofBourbon by drinking the brown stuff like you mean it.

Although Kentucky enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the heart and soul of bourbon country, bourbon can be—and most definitely is—made all over the United States. Where to begin on your cross-country bourbon wanderings? How about right here.  

1. Belle Meade Sour Mash Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($40)

Hails From: Nashville, Tennessee
The first offering from the reincarnated Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery is a high-rye bourbon with plenty of dark, spicy flavor that evokes toffee and gingerbread. 

2. Breaker Bourbon Whiskey ($49)

Hails From: Buellton, California
The first bourbon produced in Southern California since Prohibition, this small-batch whiskey offers plenty of corn sweetness and finishes on the fruity side, with hints of cherry and peach. It’s just right for mixing into a batch of Boulevardiers.

3. Few Bourbon Whiskey ($50)

Hails From: Evanston, Illinois
South meets North in this small-batch bourbon. It’s a three-grain bourbon (corn, rye and malted barley). That rye adds plenty of cayenne and black pepper fireworks.

4. Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon ($80)

Hails From: Ancram, New York
This is a unique field-to-flask whiskey, aged by solera method using former Oloroso sherry barrels. All together, that means lots of bold vanilla, brown sugar and raisin-y flavor ideal for slow sipping with a splash of branchwater. 

5. Oola Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey ($50)

Hails From: Seattle, Washington
This Old Fashioned–worthy bourbon is on the sweeter side, with notes of caramel and hazelnut interspersed with orange peel and spice.

6. Watershed Distillery Bourbon ($40)

Hails From: Columbus, Ohio
Made from spelt along with corn, rye and wheat, this brisk, tasty four-grain bourbon has a unique caramel–baked apple flavor profile.

7. Wigle Organic Bourbon ($58)

Hails From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Laying claim as the first bourbon made in Pennsylvania in 30 years, this chocolate- and spice-accented whiskey features Wapsie Valley corn, an heirloom varietal that’s grown just miles from the distillery and milled on site.  

 

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  • sassandahalf.82f025 posted 2 years ago

    Koval!

  • DonnyB posted 2 years ago

    Hear! Hear! for the double (comments) mention of Garrison Brothers!

  • swplf2sbcglobalnet92091138 posted 2 years ago

    I have tasted the Garrison Brothers products and they are classic bourbons well worth their premium price. The brother that is responsible for creating it was "trained" by the Buffalo Trace people and after several failures ended up surprising himself with just how well it turned out.... What makes Kentucky Bourbon so distinct is the water they start with which is all natural filtered limestone water. Ironical their neighbor to the north Indiana has even better limestone and the companies from Indiana that are now producing bourbon, i.e. Harrison & Spring Mill are both rivals of the classic Kentucky product. A third Hotel Tango is still on hold til their bourbon has properly aged. Hotel Tango is like Garrison using a classic pot still from Kentucky. Hotel Tango is already selling product which does not require agging, and all of there current products are excellent. Oh and dont forget the other Texas one Jesse James.

  • swplf2sbcglobalnet92091138 posted 2 years ago

    I do not understand how Hillrock can use "bourbon" on its label since the U.S. Code of Federal Regulation prescribes to be "bourbon" it must be aged in vigin oak barrels.

  • mgraban.282f5 posted 2 years ago

    Don't forget Garrison Brothers from Hye, TX. They are a straight bourbon whiskey by every legal definition. Their 2013 "Cowboy Bourbon" won many awards.

  • Calamityville posted 2 years ago

    My current favorite is Henry Du Yore, from Ransom Spirits. Rich and round from a good dose of barley in the mash. $35 here in it's home state of Oregon.


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