Proof and Wood Seasons 2021 American Blended Whiskey
Proof: 105 proof
Age: 8-18 Years
Bottle Count: 1,000
Blend of: 2003 Tennessee Bourbon; 2007 American Light Whiskey; 2015 Indiana Bourbon & 2013 Kentucky Corn Whiskey
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, each of the seasons generates changes in temperature that affects how the spirits in a barrel cycle through the wood and change the flavor of the spirits. Bottled at 105 proof, Proof and Wood's Seasons 2021 reflects an unusually long aged spirit, in this case a TN Bourbon from 2003 that has endured over 72 seasons in the barrel.
Proof and Wood's Dave Schmier explains, “These four 18 year-old barrels had amazing savory deep flavors and spicy cinnamon and cigar notes, but was certainly leaning towards the edge of being overly woody. While it was tempting to bottle them as single barrels, ultimately blending these ancient barrels with some younger and sweeter whiskies created a whiskey that is better than the sum of its parts.”
The whiskies in Seasons 2021 include the aforementioned 2003 TN Bourbon, 2007 American Light Whiskey distilled in Indiana, 2015 Bourbon (75% corn, 21% Rye, 4% barley) distilled in Indiana and 2013 99% Corn Whiskey distilled in Kentucky.
The Corn Whiskey and Bourbon offer a sweeter counterpoint to the musty notes of the older TN Bourbon, allowing the desirable older flavors to be highlighted as well as balancing out some of the harshness of the wood. The American Light Whiskey does a great job of bridging the gap, bringing some more lightness and fruit-like flavor to the blend while still adding some spicy cinnamon and clove-like notes to the finish of the product.