Bourbon By Katelyn Best / May 21, 2019 Galena, Illinois-based Blaum Bros. Distilling has announced their first bourbon release, Blaum Bros. Straight Bourbon Whiskey. According to a prepared statement, at four years old, this expression is “the oldest craft-distilled Illinois bourbon whiskey readily available in decades.”It seems this craft distiller is eager to defy the reputation many craft whiskeys have earned for being either too young or over-oaked after accelerated aging in small barrels, with co-founder and chief distiller Mike Blaum explaining, “We could’ve taken shortcuts to bring a product to market sooner, but we’re in this for the long haul. A four-year-old bourbon is pretty old for a craft distillery, but it’s the youngest whiskey you’ll ever see from us moving forward.” Blaum Bros. has been selling a sourced and house-finished bourbon to fill in the gaps while this release matured, allowing them to hold off until this expression was ready.Blaum Bros. Straight Bourbon (image via Blaum Bros.)The result is a four-year-old straight bourbon made with a mash bill of 72% corn, 23% rye, and 5% malt, and bottled at 100 proof. It appears the grain comes from various sources, but the distillery does call out the fact that the rye was sourced from a single Illinois farm and also that the grains include non-GMO corn and rye.“We’re so excited to release this Illinois Bourbon Whiskey, using Illinois grains and using traditional production techniques. Far from a distillery trying to quickly crank out a product with small barrels, we’re trying to pay homage to the rich distilling history of our great state,” added co-founder, CEO and distiller, Matt Blaum.The distillery’s tasting notes are below:Nose: Honey, apple, and leather — with a hint of wet oak and hayPalate: Rich and complex, with caramel, roasted peanut, cinnamon, and dried orange.Finish: Wood spice, with a kiss of nutmeg and rye bread.Blaum Bros. whiskeys are currently available at the distillery or at stores in a handful of states.