J. Riddle Peated Bourbon
Two James // Michigan, USA
J. Riddle Peated Bourbon is made by Two James Spirits at Detroit, Michigan's first licensed distillery since Prohibition. It's distilled from 79% Michigan corn and 21% English barley, and bottled at 91 proof.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
"Peated... bourbon? Peated barley is typically used in scotch whisky, but here it's paired with Michigan corn to make a bourbon. That combination melds the oakiness of American whiskey with a smoke more reminiscent of barbecue than the briny peat of Islay. It also brings notes of fresh-cut wood and sweet vanilla. This is a very different bourbon, but the smoke is thankfully not overwhelming. It won't be for everyone, but it's an interesting niche spirit for those who'd like to amp up the char notes in their bourbon."