Denver’s Laws Whiskey House recently announced the release of its third batch of Bonded Henry Road Straight Malt Whiskey.
A limited, seasonal release, the grain-to-glass expression is available in select markets nationwide and carries a suggested retail price of $79.99.
A statement from Laws Whiskey House notes that the Bonded Henry Road Straight Malt Whiskey is made using a barley variety that’s almost been forgotten.
It’s an heirloom varietal of two-row barley that commercial farms find has too low of a yield. It was Wayne Cody, of the Cody Family Farm and Colorado Malting Company, that found its unstripped and robust flavor too valuable to let go.
Wayne and his sons continue to grow this barley for Laws Whiskey House in a field alongside Henry Road, which happens to be the new whiskey’s namesake.
The distiller noted that the 100-percent heirloom malted barley mash bill features a combination of specialty malts from the Cody Family Farm, including crystal malt, chocolate malt, and biscuit malt that adds increased flavor dimension.
Laws’ distillers explained the unique malt whiskey distilling technique. “The whiskey is cooked, fermented, and distilled on-grain. This atypical process imparts a signature nuttiness to the distillate, which is then accentuated by aging in new 53-gallon, #3 char American white oak barrels.”
Bonded Henry Road Straight Malt Whiskey is made from a batch of seven barrels filled in the summer of 2016, and this new release reached a level of maturity after six years of aging. It yielded 1,464 bottles.
The distiller’s notes show this whiskey to have aromas of apple blossom, honey and toasted oats. The spirit finishes dry and lingers on the palate, and its candy-like flavor boasts notes of sweet peanut brittle, hazelnuts, and a walnut depth.
Also to note, this release meets the standards of the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, including being exactly 100 proof (50% ABV), being made during one distilling season by one distiller at a single distillery, and aged at least four years in a federal government-bonded warehouse.
Founder Al Laws said in the statement, “We believe that the soul of whiskey is comprised of the people who grow the grain, the people who make the whiskey, and the people who drink it. We’re excited to be on this journey of Laws’ commitment to creating exceptional Bottled-in-Bond whiskey and we hope you enjoy this special whiskey as much as we do.”
For more information on the Bonded Henry Road Malt Whiskey and where you can get a bottle, check out www.lawswhiskeyhouse.com.