Grass Widow Bourbon
Two James Spirits // (bottled in) Michigan, USA
Grass Widow Bourbon comes from Two James Spirits, the first distillery to open in Detroit, Michigan since prohibition. With the help of distiller David Pickerell, Grass Widow, named for a regional pre-Prohibition whiskey brand, is a sourced high-rye bourbon mash bill (36% rye, 60% corn, 4% barley) blend that was aged in new oak, then given a finish in ex-Madeira casks.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak, ex-Madeira
"Madeira is an interesting choice and it does lend a boost of rich, roasted nuts (cashew, Marcona almond, Brazil nut), figs and dates to the mix. Intense spiciness, both hot and sweet, comes in as though shot from a flamethrower, drying up that richness and any fruity notes. The flavors are pleasant, but could use some settling down. "