Craft Bar has been busy at work finding great Bourbons to offer guests. It’s easy to simply go out and buy a bunch of humdrum whiskeys and call it a list … but that’s not how things are ever done at Veritas and sure ain’t how things are done at the bar. If we are going to serve you something, we better love it ourselves! We are up to about 10 or so Bourbons with the list slowly growing each week. We are in no rush – as the best things in life should not be rushed. Here are some notes for some of the Bourbons we are offering so far. And as a editor’s note, I rarely take notes from alcohol companies and pass it off to you … but when we work with artisanal producers, we know we can trust these guys (to a certain extent at least!). But I have used some of their text and tasting notes within this article. Cheers …
Michter’s US-1 Sour Mash Whiskey
From the distiller – 2012 marked the first release of Michter’s Sour Mash US-1 in 23 years. It is made according to the traditional sour mash whiskey making process whereby some previously fermented mash is used as the starter for the new mash to be fermented. Typically in most sour mash whiskeys, this “setback” from the prior fermentation accounts for about 10 to 20 percent of the new mash to be fermented.
More than just a sour mash process whiskey, US-1 is made from a special selection of grains, barrel aged, and later on filtered according to the exacting Michter’s standards. With a slightly pine nose and a shorter finish that brings in notes of coffee and a bit of spice, this is a great representation when the product isn’t a ‘bourbon’.
Breuckelen 77 Wheat Whiskey
Notes from the distiller – Distilled from New York Wheat (previously known as Black Wax) This whiskey is produced the same way we make our wheat base spirit for our gin. That means we distill the grain in a manner to retain the character of the wheat. That flavor is then matched with the contribution of the barrel as it matures here in our space. Distilled from 100% wheat, aged a minimum of 4 months in new American Oak
Corsair Triple Smoke Whiskey
Notes from the distiller – We take three fractions of malted barley, each smoked by a different fuel – cherry wood, peat, and beechwood – to craft this deeply complex whiskey. Pot distilled then barreled in new charred oak, Triple Smoke has the sweetness and barrel notes of an American Whiskey and a single malt’s rich smoke, broadened by tones of cherry and beech. Excellent mixed or neat. The fact that this is released as a Single Barrel ensures each bottle is exquisite, offering up subtle nuances to the taster.
Dancing Pines Bourbon
From the distiller – Our Bourbon is a complex spirit from the grains of corn, rye and malted barley. Double pot distilled and matured in the finest American white oak casks for a smooth character. Tasting notes include dry, soft, integrated alcohol, notes of corn, grain, pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, walnut and cream. Finishes with notes of corn and cherry.
Smooth Ambler Yearling Bourbon
Our handmade, limited release double-pot distilled bourbon comes from a unique mash of corn, wheat, and barley. Rich and remarkably smooth taste is assured with small cask aging in our own West Virginia rick house. Naturally sweet with caramel and butterscotch aromas and subtle notes of grain, wood, and tobacco.