Infuse Spirits is one of the many, many craft outlets out there trying to find ways to distinguish their whiskeys in an increasingly crowded marketplace. For them, their ace in the hole is taking young aged whiskeys and finishing and maturing them in steel tanks with wood chips from specific types of barrels. We reviewed some of their offerings earlier this year, finding them to be mostly decent, and now the brand is back with some new expressions for your consideration.
The new Broken Barrel Whiskey Single Oak Series, according to those behind it, is described as a series of one of a kind, limited edition offerings that offer “three distinct expressions of oak-infused whiskey.” These include Mizunara (50% ABV, 750 ml); Isle Of Peat (55% ABV, 750 ml); and Cask Of Amontillado (55% ABV, 750 ml).
As further explained by Infuse Spirits founder and creator Seth Benhaim in a prepared statement, “we deliver one-of-a-kind collaborations by maturing American whiskey with rare oak from around the world. We’ve sourced our whiskey for these bottles from Kentucky and Indiana, and married each blend with oak barrel staves from all around the world: Japan for rare Mizunara oak; Scotland for peated Islay Scotch barrels; and Spain for aged amontillado sherry.
Broken Barrel Whiskey’s line up (image via Infuse Spirits)
“Each barrel gives the whiskey a unique, rich, and complex taste and character not commonly found in American whiskey. Additionally, unlike Broken Barrel Whiskey’s core bourbon and rye, the Single Oak Series’ bases are all blends: Mizunara is a blend of five-year-old Kentucky and four-year-old Indiana corn whiskeys; Isle of Peat is a blend of American wheat and single-malt whiskeys; and The Cask of Amontillado is a blend of 12-year-old American whiskey and five-year-old Kentucky corn whiskey.”
You’ll find more official specifics on each below for your consideration – all should be available nationwide starting this month. It should be noted as well Infuse has rebranded its whiskey line up as Broken Barrel Whiskey Co. to better reflect a difference between “infusion” with some of its products and the previously mentioned finishing/maturing in a process that’s come to be known as the “Oak Bill” for the “the selection of various oak barrel staves used to finish [their] products.”
Mizunara: 4- & 5-year-old Blended Corn Whiskey finished with unused Japanese Mizunara oak staves. A true East-meets-West, bourbon-style whiskey that combines American corn with Japanese oak—an uncommon alchemy not often encountered! 50% ABV | 100 Proof
The Cask of Amontillado: A rare blend of 12-year-old Light Whiskey (Indiana) cut with 5-year-old Corn Whiskey (Kentucky) for a unique base whiskey blend. Finished with the distinct taste of ancient Amontillado barrels, this whiskey embodies the dark, bloody story told by Edgar Allen Poe, delivering killer flavor, reminiscent of a cool, cold, dark crypt rich with an earthy, dark fruit flavor that is semi-sweet. This is one for the ages! 55% ABV | 110 Proof | Silver Medal – 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Isle of Peat: A blend of Wheat and Single Malt American Whiskey finished with the unmistakable charred oak staves fresh from Islay Scotch whisky barrels. The Islay Scotch barrels impart their smoky finish into every drop of the delicious whiskey and leave a long-lasting finish that will leave you wanting more. 55% ABV | 110 Proof | Double Gold Medal – 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...