Sonoma County Distilling Co. West of Kentucky Bourbon No. 2
Sonoma County Distilling // California, USA
Sonoma County Distilling was founded in northern California by San Francisco native Adam Spiegel in 2010. West of Kentucky No. 2 is the distillery's second in a series of annual releases. Like the first, it's made from a mash bill of yellow corn, unmalted rye and cherrywood-smoked barley. It's double-distilled in alembic stills by direct flame, which requires quite the watchful eye. The bourbon is aged in small, new charred oak barrels for over a year before being transferred to used whiskey barrels for further mellowing.
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
"Berry jam, maple syrup, and grape nuts are the first things to enter the palate, as a light barbecue smoke wafts from the glass. Cinnamon, allspice, clove and sandalwood bring up a hefty spice component, and follow the burn into the finish. Tastes fairly clean for a young whiskey, a bit more time would make it even better. "