Pinhook Artist Series No 3: Double Blended|
This bottle highlights a story I've been pushing for years. Seelbach's emails usually focus on a bottle. This one focuses on the Blender. For Pinhook Artist Series No 3 we take a small detour from the original narrative. I've told Sean Josephs, Master blender at Pinhook, that he greatly underplays his experience and background. Yes, he's a partner at Pinhook and has done their blending since the brand started, but most don't realize how impressive of a background he has. Sean is also too humble for self promotion. Sean's food and beverage career started in fine dining with stints at acclaimed restaurants Chanterelle and Per Se. In 2008, Sean opened one of the first (if not the first) whiskey bars in the country. Today, every city in America has many bars dedicated to Bourbon and American Whiskey. That wasn't the case in 2008 when Char No. 4 opened. To highlight how different things were back then, below is a review from The New Yorker. I too would like to enjoy a third pour of Pappy.
"...if you happen to neglect your dinner plans after a third pour of Pappy Van Winkle, no one will pay it too much mind." - The New Yorker
Char No. 4 was followed up by a second restaurant in 2012 called Maysville. Between the two restaurants Pinhook was born! Establishing a bourbon brand in 2010 was a much different game. These were the days no one knew what an Independent Bottler was and MGP was selling aged whiskey for $500/barrel. Since then, they've continued to expand and create unique releases. All while "Pinhooking" their barrels from new distillate to aged whiskey. Because of his unique background in fine dining and wine, Sean has one of the best palates in Whiskey. He's one of a handful of people I know that can build a whiskey blend from the ground up and understand its balance. We're thrilled to offer this release on Seelbach's. The blend highlights the experience and craftsmanship Pinhook brings to the whiskey world!
|Pinhook Artist Series No 3: Double Blended Batch 01
Batch no: 1
Proof: 119.7 Cask Strength
Tasting Notes: A deep nose of allspice, walnut, dried papaya, and light brown sugar leads to a dense palate of apricot, crème brûlée, cinnamon stick, and dark chocolate.
Artist: Alexa Pulitzer
About the product: Making whiskey is an art, and nowhere do Pinhook’s creative impulses run freer than in our limited-release Artist Series in which we experiment with new ways of making great bourbon and rye.
In honor of this creativity, each vintage’s label features an original work by a renowned artist and inspired by the whiskey itself.
For Artist Series No. 3, Pinhook borrowed the “double-blending” technique used in making cognac: Brandy is taken from the barrels, blended, then returned to the barrels for further aging. In our version, we created two micro-blends — one at cask strength and a second at 110 proof — and re-barreled them to see how wood and whiskey might interact at varying proofs. Both batches emerged as equally captivating bourbons, so we decided to include both in this release.