As the craft whiskey industry continues to mature, it is beginning to become more common now to see some of these distilleries debuting bottled in bond expressions. One of the latest of these is out of Brooklyn, New York, and they have two whiskeys said to fit the criteria for being bonded.
Breuckelen Distilling has been distilling since 2010, so it easily makes sense they would have whiskey meeting the age criteria for bottled in bond. The first of their two new offerings, and the more interesting, is a wheated bourbon called Project No. 1. This bourbon was fermented from a mash of 60% corn, 20% red wheat, and 20% malted barley, all of which are New York sourced (the malted barley was handled by Valley Malt in Hadley, Massachusetts). This whiskey was distilled twice up to 150 proof before being aged for four years in 53 gallon barrels.
Limited official tasting notes for this bourbon suggest notes of cherry fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel. It was also rated as 94/100 by Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
Joining Project No. 1 in the bottled in bond category is the Breuckelen 77 Bonded Rye & Corn Whiskey. This expression, with a rye (90%) and corn (10%) grain bill, was distilled on a Coffey style pot still in one season (no blending between vintages) by one distiller, aged a minimum of four years in 53 gallon barrels and bottled at 100 proof.
Following in the footsteps of these two looks to be a bonded rye variant offering.
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