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grown corn, 16 percent red winter wheat and 14 percent malted barley, Maker’s Mark is full-flavoured and approachable, making it an excellent introduction to this category. Expanding on wheated traditions, Rabbit Hole Cavehill features a mash bill of 70 percent corn, 10 percent malted wheat, 10 percent malted barley and 10 percent honey malt. The honey malt, which is actually sourced from Gambrinus Malting (located in Armstrong, BC), complements the wheat well and imparts intense honey, toasted grain and orchard fruit notes. The Future is All-In Standard, high rye and wheated mash bills provide an important foundation for the category of bourbon to see further innovated with mash bills, yeast strains and cask experimentation. We are beginning to see some distilleries going all-in on corn, creating 90 to 100 percent corn-based bourbons that really emphasize caramel and vanilla sweetness. Twice-barreled bourbons are showcasing deepened charred and dessert- like notes. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, for example, takes their original recipe (which falls in the standard mash bill category) and ages it for a second time in barrels that have been heavily toasted then lightly charred. This results in a distinctive deep, rich flavour and feel. To further challenge wheated bourbon norms, Rabbit Hole Distillery’s Dareringer expression is finished in Pedro Ximénez casks, lending rich and raisiny black and red fruits to its profile. As we see more innovations in the bourbon category, regardless of the mash bill or cask type, there’s one thing that is certain: the future is flavourful.
WILD TURKEY 101 KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY USA $37.49 558858 Complex and full- bodied, this bourbon is bursting with zesty citrus, caramel and peppery spice. Hints of tobacco and toffee create a long, pleasant finish.
BASIL HAYDEN’S KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY USA $55.99 106120 High rye but lighter in style, this bourbon possesses a great balance between peppermint, pepper and citrus with a spicy, warming finish.
MAKER’S MARK 101 KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKY USA $84.99 485786 A quintessential wheated bourbon, with caramel sweetness balanced with vanilla, nuttiness and spicy oak. A long, warm sweetness creates a memorable finish.
OLD GRAND-DAD KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY USA $32.99 646117 Notes of charred oak and black pepper spice intersect with sweet vanilla, caramel and dried fruit, providing a versatile base for classic cocktails.
WOODFORD RESERVE DOUBLE OAKED KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY USA $74.99 72355 Finished a second time in heavily toasted, lightly charred barrels, this bourbon is abundant with notes of dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, marzipan and spiced buckwheat honey. Soft, sweet oak character leads to a long, smooth finish.
RABBIT HOLE CAVEHILL KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY USA $74.99 530887 Four grains create a plethora of flavour in this bourbon. Red apples drizzled with spiced honey are present on the nose, followed by a creamy palate full of honey-nut cereal, orange and vanilla custard.
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