Colorado’s Laws Whiskey House Releases 3rd Bonded Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey

By Gary Carter / June 5, 2021

Denver-based Laws Whiskey House recently announced the third release of its Bonded Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey.

Launched in 2019, the Bonded Centennial Wheat expressions are made from 100 percent Colorado-grown wheat. This bottling marks the third expression in the series and will be available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $75.

To qualify as a Bottled-in-Bond whiskey, the expression must use only the grain of a single harvest season, made by one distiller at a single distillery, and must be aged at least four years in a federal government-bonded warehouse. This whiskey is then cut and bottled at 100 proof.

Laws Whiskey House Bonded Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey

Laws Whiskey House Bonded Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey (image via Laws Whiskey House)

The Bonded Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey uses 100 percent soft white Centennial wheat grown in what’s described as the unique terroir of the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado by Jason Cody, of the Cody Family Farm and Colorado Malting Company.

The whiskey maker’s official tasting notes show that this heirloom varietal of spring wheat produces a soft and floral whiskey with a bright, clean finish boasting notes of jasmine tea, sage, and pink peppercorns.

The whiskey’s mash bill features both raw and malted centennial wheat that is then aged in 14 hand-selected barrels produced at Laws Whiskey House in the summer of 2015. The barrels impart aromas of mountain strawberries and orange marmalade. The liquid is aged for a total of five years, eight months before it is bottled and the spirit finishes dry with a slightly bitter, candied orange palate with a crisp linen on the mouthfeel.

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Each Laws batch is milled, cooked, fermented, distilled and aged on-site, utilizing heirloom grains from family-owned Colorado farms. The whiskey maker explains that Laws’ traditional practice of open air, on-grain fermentation captures the essence of Colorado’s terroir while the copper pot-column still produces a robust, grain-forward style of whiskey.

Founder Al Laws said in a prepared statement, “At Laws, we pride ourselves in seeking out the distinct flavors of each American mother grain in our whiskies. We believe that the soul of whiskey is comprised of the people who grow it, the people who make it, and the people who drink it.”

Laws Whiskey House recently garnered awards from the 2021 San Francisco International Spirits Competition. Its Bottled-in-Bond San Luis Valley Rye received a Double Gold medal and Laws’ Bottled-in-Bond Four Grain Bourbon received a Gold medal.

“We are very excited to add these recent awards to the growing list of accolades our whiskey has received and look forward to sharing more expressions in the coming years,” Al Laws said.

For more information on the Bonded Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey or how to get a bottle, check out www.lawswhiskeyhouse.com.