American Bourbon By Robert Ham / January 11, 2021 State 38 Distilling, as it enters its eighth year of operation, recently unveiled a new bottle package look and some new whiskeys to share with the people of Colorado. As well, they dropped the news that their full line up of whiskeys, including the new Straight Rye and Wheat Whiskeys, will now be on the shelves of retailers throughout the Centennial State. According to State 38 co-owner and distilling partner Don Hammond, the choice to move to a more rounded bottle and to update the labels for each of their premium whiskeys was a chance to pay tribute to Colorado and the history of their chosen profession. State 38 Distilling whiskeys and the new packaging (image via State 38 Distilling) “We’re based in beautiful Golden, Colorado, and we wanted a label that reflected the area and overall premium nature of the brand,” said Hammond, in a prepared statement. “The bottle shape, a departure from our square bottles, is more reminiscent of a traditional whiskey bottle, and the label colors are influenced by our surroundings – from the nearby Red Rocks to the blue Colorado skies.” While that’s good news for the people in Colorado, the rest of the globe will have to wait until their next visit to the state to get a taste of State 38’s wares. At present, the bottles are only available through Colorado retailers or for purchase and pickup at State 38’s tasting room in Golden, Colorado. Official notes on each of the brand’s whiskeys are below, and as for pricing it ranges from $40 to $45. Straight Wheat Whiskey: Made with Colorado grains, State 38 Straight Wheat Whiskey, has an earthy tone with a slight sweetness. You’ll find notes of cinnamon and vanilla in this straight whiskey. (90 Proof) Straight Rye Whiskey: A spicy rye made from Colorado grains, State 38 Straight Rye Whiskey has notes of butterscotch, burnt fig and cherry. (90 Proof) Colorado Bourbon Whiskey: With hints of cherry and fruit notes complementing an oak nose and sweet caramel front, State 38 Colorado Bourbon Whiskey is double-distilled – first, “on the grain” to carry the deep, rich smooth grain flavor into the distilled spirit. (90 Proof) Peat-Smoked Whiskey: Reminiscent of an Islay whisky, the Peat-Smoked Whiskey is made with grains sourced from Scotland including real Scottish peat smoked malted barley. The result is a soft oak nose with a vibrant peat smoke front and rich chocolate finish. (80 Proof) Shop the Johnnie Walker Blue Label at ReserveBar!