J. Henry & Sons Cask Strength And Bellefontaine|
J. Henry & Sons bourbon started out as a dram. In 2008, Joe Henry decided to resurrect an heirloom red corn. This was a corn Joe's father had grown for decades in the 40's. Since this corn hadn't been grown in some time, they had to repropagate the grain themselves. All the grain used in J. Henry Bourbon comes from Henry Farms. Their soil to bottle approach results in an undeniably good product.
They have some incredible barrels. What they do on the finishing and blending side is next level. Bellefontaine is finished in ex-Cognac barrels. From there, barrels are blended together to create balance and nuanced flavor. What makes the Bellefontaine special is the proofing method. Water is aged for 3+ years in ex-Bourbon barrels. Once the liquid reaches 30% ABV it's used to gently proof the blend. This allows for better alcohol integration. It also reduces proof without sacrificing flavor. I hope you try a bottle to experience how small techniques like this make a huge difference in the end product.