Cleveland Black Reserve American Bourbon Whiskey
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Ohio
  • Distillery Cleveland Whiskey
  • Style Bourbon
  • Maturation New charred oak barrels
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • sweet
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • sweet vanilla
  • oak
  • fruit
  • honey
  • rye
  • port

Cleveland Whiskey

Cleveland Black Reserve American Bourbon Whiskey (0.75l, 50%)
Price $32.99

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A Bourbon youngster that shines beyond its years.  
 
The only thing younger than Cleveland Distillery is its Whiskey. You see, Tom Lix — a serial tech entrepreneur — figured out how to "age" Whiskey faster. As you might expect, the exact process is proprietary. But it starts with mashing and distilling American Whiskey the old fashioned way. That Whiskey is aged in new charred oak barrels for a little while — then things get crazy. The barrel is cut into pieces and placed WITH the Whiskey in a special pressurization chamber that increases and decreases the pressure. Pretty darn slick!
 
All that technology makes the wood "breathe" the distilled Spirit in and out. This pressure-finishing process lasts about a week and mimics the natural, seasonal aging process that normally takes years. What you end up with is a Bourbon that tastes like it is much older than it is. Cleveland Whiskey was founded in 2014 and sold its first finished bottles just a few months later. And they are ramping up production.

The really crazy thing is that the process works. Cleveland Black Reserve is a very solid outpouring. It’s amazing what a little technology can do! The Black Reserve is the second offering out of Cleveland Whiskey. It ages conventionally in the barrel for a full six months before it enters their Amazing High-Pressure Whiskey Time Machine. This "real-time" gives it the color and some of the flavor. Then the contraption finishes the job. 
 
If you are a Bourbon aficionado, you probably want to give this one a try. Do your own blind taste test. We would put it side by side with Maker’s Mark… or better still, because the Black Reserve has a 50% ABV, or pour it next to Knob Creek. Then close your eyes and sip away. You will be amazed at how this youngster has matured beyond its years. This technology has potential... now who would mind more "aged" Whiskey produced faster!
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Ohio
  • Distillery Cleveland Whiskey
  • Style Bourbon
  • Maturation New charred oak barrels
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Warm Copper    
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Vanilla and sweet toffee  
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Cracker Jacks and oak with a decent amount of heat. 
 
Finish 
Long, a bit spicy with a trailing oakiness.
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  • sweet
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • sweet vanilla
  • oak
  • fruit
  • honey
  • rye
  • port
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Character Dogson
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
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