Another New Whiskey, and More Innovation

Buffalo Trace Distillery has just released an artizan bourbon that is Bottle In Bond and uses a unique souring method for the mash used in the make.  This whiskey is 100 proof and aged for 9 years, so it already sounds like it fits the bill for a good whiskey experience.

This is named after the founder of the Buffalo Trace distillery Colonel E.H. Taylor, my guess is they called him Colonel, this being Kentucky and all.  There is a whole back story here about how the Colonel had a secret mash recipe and that they tried to find out specifically what he did, in the end they just went with an interesting and innovative process for the mash that “might” have been what the Colonel did…

So what is so darn innovative?  Well like a lot in the bourbon world innovation is at the margins hoping it yields a unique flavor.  This sounds interesting however.  Almost all whiskey that is made in this country is a product of what is called “Sour Mashing”.  This process takes the spent mash from a previous batch of whiskey and puts it in with the new mash.  This helps to lower the PH of the mash and aids in fermentation by adding nutrients that help to propagate yeast.  This is typically done at a 1:3 or 1:4 ratio old to new.

The EH Taylor Old Fashioned Sour Mash does not use any spent mash.  Instead they make the mash, and then through aging the mash it naturally sours on its own.  The PH comes down to a certain point and then they release the yeast to begin fermentation.  It is a new process that involves some chemistry but should make for an interesting bourbon.

Unfortunately this will be a limited release at this time, and  I may never see here in Idaho.  It is retailing for about $70 for a 750 ml bottle, so it will set you back a bit, but it does come in that cool “Single Maltesque” cannister, and that should be worth about $30 all on its own.  If you see it and are feeling flush pick one up and give it a try.  I’m sure it is tasty stuff.


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5 Comments on “Another New Whiskey, and More Innovation”

  1. February 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    That sounds like quite an interesting whisky. I have much love for the Buffalo Trace crew! Their standard bourbon is delicious and a fabulous bargain, and their Antique Collection is world class. What I really want to get my hands on is their experimental collection. Much like all the great craft brewers out there, these guys are not afraid to experiment. You just have to respect that!

    Thanks for passing on the info Don!

    • Don
      February 25, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Yo G-Lo, not a problem. The BT Experimental Stuff sounds great, and I think inspires a lot of artizan distillers that don’t have their hands tied quite as tightly as say someone from a major brand. That said I don’t think many of the experimental bottles make their way out of Kentucky.

      • February 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

        I think we had this discussion before (what stays in Kentucky and what gets out). I also suspect that the really limited and unusual stuff never makes it out of the state. Only one way to find out. Road Trip! 🙂

  2. johnking82
    February 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    As a beer geek who lives in the heart of bourbon country, this blog is top notch.

    • Don
      February 28, 2011 at 10:03 am #

      Thanks John, Always good to get positive feedback. Checked out your blog, and man, seven BIG beers in one night! My palate would have been fried by the end, not to mention my liver. Impressive lineup.

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