Virgil Kaine Rip Track Bourbon
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Distillery Virgil Kaine
  • Age NAS
  • Style Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 45%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • spicy
  • caramel
  • toasted oak
  • orange zest
  • tobacco
  • butterscotch
  • clove
  • grape
  • toffee

Virgil Kaine

Rip Track Bourbon (0.75l, 45%)
Price $38.99

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Character Goatson
A high-rye Bourbon with good flavor, great value, and a bit of a kick.
 
David Szlam and Ryan Meany were (are) a couple of high-end chefs working in Charleston, South Carolina. They knew flavor and were good ‘ol Southern men. So, naturally they decided to create their own line of Whiskies. The venture was founded in 2013 and named it “Virgil Kaine” after a 19th century train conductor. You’ll find that railroad theme carried through in many of their Spirits.
 
Virgil Kaine Rip Track Bourbon used to be called their High-Rye Bourbon — and that will tell you all about the mash bill. There’s still plenty of corn and sweetness. But it’s designed to deliver a flavor profile that a bit more spicy than a mainline Bourbon. Surprisingly, there is a pleasant rancio-like note that makes you think of a finished cask product, but there is no indication that there is one. It’s also bottled at a near-perfect 45% ABV, so it stands up to cocktails like a champ. And the quality makes it a solid value in this price category.
 
Smartass corner:
A Rip-track — or RIP Track — is a railroad spur near a major station where locomotives and railcars are serviced. RIP stands for Repair, Inspect, & Paint.
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Distillery Virgil Kaine
  • Age NAS
  • Style Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 45%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Warm Amber
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas a full of orange zest, clove, warm oak, and butterscotch candies.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is fairly traditional with toffee and toasted oak followed by caramel sauce and sultanas.
 
Finish 
The finish is longer than most with notes of wet tobacco leaf and a spicy kick.
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  • spicy
  • caramel
  • toasted oak
  • orange zest
  • tobacco
  • butterscotch
  • clove
  • grape
  • toffee
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Character Dogson
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
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 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.
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.
"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."
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
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 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.
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.
"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."
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