It seems like our barrels are coming in two's these days! Today we have new barrels from Spirits of French Lick (SoFL) and Pinhook. We're also making the Pinhook Vertical 5-year bourbon available to Bourbonr Pro members today. This is the third barrel we have selected from SoFL. It's the first time we've selected from their high rye mash bill. This release is also the first 4-year barrel we've select from the. The Pinhook is just delicious MGP. We were offered three samples. Master Taster, Sean Josephs, grades each barrel himself. I'm proud to say that we select an "A" barrel blind! If you have any other questions about these releases, please let me know.
Pinhook Bourbon War 5Y Vertical Series - Selected by Seelbach's
Mash Bill: 75/20.5/4.5 Corn/Rye/Malted Barley
Source: MGPI Distillery
Proof: 113.1 proof
Bottle Count: 201 bottles
Tasting Notes: The nose is a caramel bomb. There are red hot candies are vanilla frosting. The has a spike of heat and quickly disburses to toasted almonds, cardamom, and creme brulee'. The finish is medium to long. It highlights some herbal and dried fruit notes.
Most are probably familiar with the Pinhook Vertical Series. This is the single barrel program within the Vertical Series. Every year Seelbach's is allowed to select a barrel from the corresponding Vertical age statement. This year we selected from a 5-year-old bourbon.
Spirits Of French Lick Mattie Gladden - Seelbach's Select
Mash Bill: 55/35/10 Corn/rye/malted barley
Distillation Type: Double pot distilled
Entry Proof: 105 Proof
Barrel: 53-Gallon Char #2
Bottle Proof: 103.8 Proof
The nose is stewed apples and dried strawberries. There's a bright fruitiness. Moving to the palate, there are notes of candy corn, chocolate, dried almonds. It's not tannic but there are wonderful fresh tobacco and cocoa notes. The finish is a splash of spice. It hits with black pepper and toasted coconuts. It slowly fades to orange peel with a hint of oak.