Idaho’s Grand Teton distillery recently released an eight year old straight bourbon that’s said to be the longest-aged whiskey to be released from an Idaho distillery to date.
The new 8-Year Grand Teton Private Stock Straight Bourbon, according to those behind it, has been aged since 2014 and is the second in the distillery’s Private Stock series, following last fall’s release of Straight Corn Whiskey. Having been aged in what’s described as “charred American white oak barrels at 6,000 feet at extreme temperatures,” this bourbon is seen as being a reflection of the environment it was aged in.
“We’ve tasted this whiskey year after year to see how it would age in our climate,” said John Boczar, head distiller at Grand Teton Distillery, in a prepared statement. “It has been extremely difficult not to release it until now, especially because we lose over a quarter of each barrel to angel’s share, but it only kept getting better with time.
“We’re thrilled to finally be able to share it with our fans, right ahead of the holidays.”
Specifics of this whiskey indicate it is 100 proof, drawn from a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% barley. Pricing around $80 per 750 ml bottle, only 16 barrels of this limited-release spirit are for sale.
The 8-Year Grand Teton Private Stock Straight Bourbon is now available at the distillery, can be purchased online and is available at select retailers throughout the West while supplies last. Limited official tasting notes make mention that “waromas of woody maple, the whiskey has a sweet vanilla campfire taste and a full-bodied finish filled with spice, nuts and oak.”
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