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Kentucky Finest

Blazin’ Bluegrass Bourbon
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  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • leather
  • oak
  • dark chocolate
  • herbs

Blazin’ Bluegrass Bourbon

Best keep that hand hoverin’ over your trusty tumbler — there’s a wily band of sharp shootin’ spirits tearing up these parts.

Locked, loaded and ready to take over the world, these corn-fed, Kentucky-raised young’uns are taking the world by storm, one pour at a time.

Unlike their Pappy (ahem), this new band of Bourbon is shaking up the establishment with their hella good juice and take-no-prisoners approach to production. And that’s a good thing: the world desperately wants what these vigilantes got.

Ready to go out in a blaze of glory? There’s only one acceptable answer: bring it, Bourbon.

 

There’s no doubt about it: Bourbon is making quite the name for itself. The world just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff and stats prove it: Kentucky exported over $450 million of Whiskey in 2017 — an export value which has tripled in the past 20 years. Bourbon is booming, baby.

But why Kentucky? Simple. Even though Bourbon can be legally made anywhere in the U.S., Kentucky is responsible for 95% of its production. But a few years ago, distilleries couldn’t keep up with the global obsession with the stuff. Today, Kentucky has 73 distilleries — up 250% in the last decade. And some of the new kids are switching up a few things to stand out from the pack. 

Just ask the three Kentucky distilleries featured in this box: Noble Oak, Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company and Limestone Branch Distillery. From non-GMO grains and generous amounts of malted barley to planting trees for every, they’re tinkering with Bourbon in a way that demands that people pay attention and take notice. Shouldn’t be too hard.

Next time you sidle up to one of these vigilante Spirits at the bar, make it a double. And toast to these blazin’ new Bourbons.

Cheers!

 

Smartass Corner:

1) Besides offering great Whiskey, the folks at Noble Oak care a ton about the environment, too. Working with One Tree Planted, every Noble Oak bottle plants a tree in an area of need from the Redwood Forest in California, to Detroit, Michigan, and the Finger Lakes in New York. We adore their hands-on, no-beating-around-the-bush approach.

2) Limestone Branch distillery might be relatively new on the block, but the brothers Stephen and Paul Beam behind it had distilling in their blood – 7 generations before them, a certain Jacob Beam sold his first barrels of corn Whiskey in Kentucky in 1795.

3) Town Branch Bourbon was named to honor the Town Branch waterway. The very same Lexington distillery was founded upon.

4) Don’t be afraid to pair Town Branch Bourbon with meat, especially beef. Or, mushrooms and truffles and pretty much anything with earthy flavors.

5) Every so often, you’ll come across a bottle that says “Bottled in Bond.” That’s thanks to the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897. Essentially, you can count on the Bourbon being made in the U.S. from a single distillery and aged at least four years in a federally bonded warehouse.  

6) When it comes to its love for Whiskey, the U.S. put a ring on it: Bourbon was designated "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. 

7) Before this resolution passed, Bourbon was produced in some pretty far-flung places including Juarez, Mexico and Canada.

What's in the box

  • 3 Bourbons
  • caramel
  • dried cherry
  • peanut
  • orange zest
  • herbs
  • roasted hazelnuts
  • bread
  • roasted
  • rye
Yellowstone Bourbon
  • vanilla
  • leather
  • dark chocolate
  • oak
  • sherry
  • caramel
  • corn
  • herbs
  • woody
Noble Oak Bourbon
  • caramel
  • oak
  • brown sugar
  • spicy
  • malted barley
  • rye
  • vanilla
  • sweet
  • toffee
Town Branch Bourbon
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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.
"Remember that iconic poster from World War II showing Rosie the Riveter as a patriotic American woman doing her part for the war effort? Well, hundreds of businesses did their part too, and the Bourbon distillers stepped right up with ‘em.

Distilleries all over Kentucky and Tennessee were re-tooled to distill fuel alcohol and ferment penicillin cultures to treat wounded soldiers."
Bourbon was declared "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
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