Spirits Of French Lick Mattie Gladden - Selected by Seelbach's
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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.
Story Behind Mattie Gladden Bourbon:
We start with a unique mash bill of 55% Corn, 35% rye, and 10% Victory malt which we mash in using two unique yeast strains. Our house strain, which pulls intense grain character, and a brandy yeast, which pulls fruity, herbal, spicy, and full-bodied notes. Our fermentation is completed in closed-top stainless steel fermenters and is "soured" using citric acid to adjust the pH to prime the fermentation. Fermentation is carried out at 88 degrees for four days whereupon we double pot distill the "beer" reaching an average proof of 130.
We lower the proof to 105 and fill strictly 53-gallon barrels with a medium-plus toasted head and number 2 char body. The number 2 char gives us toasted coconut and hazelnut alongside the slightly less stable entry proof of 105. The barrels are then matured in our dunnage adjacent to the distillery. The dunnage is a large barn with ventilation on all sides. Barrels are stacked four high and the temperature reaches about 110-115 degrees in the summertime with relatively high humidity.