Most aged tequilas are aged in barrels previously used to age bourbon, imparting vanilla and oak notes. We rarely see other spirits aged in tequila casks, and in Doc Swinson’s tradition of seeking out unique flavors, we thought we’d give it a shot.
We chose some exceptional casks that had previously been used to age extra Añejo tequila before finishing our Blender’s Cut straight bourbon whiskey in them. As a result, we discovered notes of melon, tangerine, oak, white pepper, and soft leather that made for a complex, yet approachable, pour.
PRODUCING DISTILLERY: MGP
BATCH NOTES: Mash-Bill 1: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malted barley | Mash Bill 2: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% malted barley
FINISHING AND MATURATION: American White Oak - minimum 5 years old; Ex-Añejo Tequila Casks - 4 months and 8 months
Agave syrup, vanilla cream, and leather
Bright citrus, pepper, vanilla, and caramel with agave syrup in the finish
A unique finish that lingers on the palate long after you sip it. Really lengthens the bourbon and adds to the sweet and spicy notes that are already presented.
We started to work on this profile over a year ago and landed on a balanced and inviting blend of multiple aging points which make up this limited batch. We worked with our awarded "Blender's Cut" blend of bourbons that were aged for a minimum of 5 years in new American white oak charred casks and then rested this in a handful of these ex-Anejo tequila casks. Each was pulled when the flavors were just right for the end whiskey.
We find that the subtle pepper and sweet agave nectar notes from this exceptional tequila, the caramel and vanilla bomb from the ISC barrels, and the fruity and spicy characteristics of our bourbon marry together into a medley of smooth flavors that unfold on the tongue.