Sonoma County Distilling Co. West of Kentucky Bourbon No. 1
Sonoma County Distilling // California, USA
Sonoma County Distilling prides itself in its "grain to glass" practices, with all production from fermenting to aging, bottling and labeling handled in house. West of Kentucky No. 1 is the first in the distillery's planned annual bourbon releases, made from a mash of yellow corn, unmalted rye and cherry-smoked barley twice distilled on direct flame in copper-pot stills. The bourbon is aged in small virgin casks for a year and change, then given an additional finish in full-sized, used whiskey barrels.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak, finished in used American whiskey barrels
"The used oak finishing does a lot for this young whiskey. The cherrywood smoking gives it an interesting sweet pipe-tobacco smoke aroma in the glass, then comes to play on the palate imparting fresh, ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors mixed with the barley's earthy funk. Maple syrup, bran flakes cereal, and a bit of burnt orange peel add to the intrigue. Finishes very peppery and hot, with sharp clove and allspice. "