Brush Creek Releases Cabernet Franc Finished Bourbon

| April 21, 2023

Wyoming’s Brush Creek Distillery recently unveiled its limited edition release, Brush Creek “Carboy Winery” Cabernet Franc Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

A statement from the whiskey maker notes that this release is a collaboration between Brush Creek Distillery and Carboy Winery, one of Colorado’s largest wineries.

Several barrels of six-year-old straight bourbon whiskey were selected from the distillery’s on-site collection, then blended and finished in ex-Carboy Winery Cabernet Franc wine barrels.

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Wyoming’s Brush Creek Distillery recently unveiled its limited edition release, Brush Creek “Carboy Winery” Cabernet Franc Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey. (image via Brush Creek)

The whiskey further aged in the wine casks on the distillery’s south-central location, a 30,000-acre working cattle ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming.

“After more than a year of working behind the scenes, we’re ecstatic to introduce Brush Creek Distillery’s first Cabernet Franc cask-finished offering,” said Shawn Hogenmiller, barrel program director at Brush Creek.

He explained that this project was inspired by the 30,000-bottle wine cellar that sits directly below the distillery in a 96-yard underground tunnel at The Farm at Brush Creek.

Just as inspiring with this collaboration, the statement noted, is the lifelong friendship between Hogenmiller, and Kevin Webber, co-founder and CEO at Carboy Winery. This product, they said, represents a common thread with both programs.

“Whether you’re drinking a glass of wine or sipping a neat pour of bourbon, great conversation and collaboration are always the best pairing,” Webber said. “It’s been an absolute honor to tell this story alongside my best friend and watch the well-deserved success of this new release.”

In late 2021, two 59-gallon French oak barrels were collected from Carboy Winery’s Littleton, Colorado facility just after the Cabernet Franc wine was emptied, and ahead of its bottling and spring 2022 release.

The empty casks were transported from Colorado to Brush Creek Distillery’s Wyoming location in the Rocky Mountain region. They were filled and further aged at 7,800-feet of elevation.

Recently, Brush Creek Distillery was awarded a Gold Medal for its “Carboy Winery” Cabernet Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey in the 12th Annual Denver International Spirits Competition.

The distiller’s notes show that on the nose, it has aromas of vanilla, dried cherry, fig, baking spice, black tea leaf, and white pepper. The palate tastes of dried red fruit, fig, and spice. It finishes with lingering flavors of cinnamon, allspice, toasted oak, vanilla, and chocolate baking powder.

The whiskey clocks in at 48.5% ABV. The inaugural release is limited to 610 bottles, each sequentially numbered. Brush Creek “Carboy Winery” Cabernet Franc Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey is currently only available in Colorado.


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