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Milam & Greene Whiskey Unveils A ‘Literary Celebration of Straight Bourbon Whiskey’

Milam & Greene Whiskey recently introduced a new limited edition, literary-themed blend of straight bourbon whiskies called the “Unabridged Volume 1.”

In a statement from Milam & Greene, it’s noted that the whiskey makers created Unabridged Volume 1 by calling on the expertise of three award-winning authors and whiskey experts: Heather Greene, CEO of Milam & Greene; Noah Rothbaum and David Wondrich, authors of the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails; and Flaviar’s resident liquor experts.

The panel of experts tasted many whiskey samples, then created a blend of straight bourbons made in three different states and of different ages.

Milam & Greene Unabridged Volume 1
Milam & Greene Whiskey recently introduced a new limited edition, literary-themed blend of straight bourbon whiskies called the “Unabridged Volume 1.” (image via Milam & Greene)

Milam & Greene Unabridged Volume 1 is now available at select retailers across the U.S. as well as online.

“Unabridged celebrates friendships unfolding throughout the unedited and messy chapters of our biographies,” said Milam & Greene Whiskey CEO Heather Greene.

“As friends and fellow whiskey-writers, the three of us had an implicit pact to support each other’s dreams. After publishing many books and hundreds of articles, garnering awards, and thousands of tastings, Unabridged makes good on that promise. Milam & Greene Unabridged showcases the flavors a barrel can impart into bourbon over time and place.”

Whiskey blending is said to be at the core of Milam & Greene, using the method to craft the Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey and the Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey.

Unabridged draws from the distillery’s library of casks aging in its rickhouse in Blanco, Texas. This expression is created with straight bourbon whiskies distilled by Master Distiller Marlene Holmes onsite in Texas and at Bardstown Bourbon Company, both using the same mash bill.

Bourbon distilled in Tennessee and aged 4, 6, and 14 years, along with 4-year-old Kentucky bourbon round out the chapters. It’s hand-bottled at 59% ABV, 118 proof.

Milam & Greene Unabridged Volume 1 distiller’s notes:

A complex whiskey with a spirited personality developed by mingling various bourbons from different states, and a range of ages. A pop of spice punctuates the initial taste. This note is born in the young casks aging in the Texas Hill Country. The whiskey’s flavor evolves into a softness on the mid-palate with toasty robustness from the malted rye. It finishes with dark cherry notes characteristic of older bourbon.

David Wondrich, Flaviar’s resident spirits and cocktails historian, described the whiskey: “On the nose is an oaky, split-log tang, which is cushioned by waves of pecan pie, maple syrup and creamed corn and a whiff of alcohol driving everything forward. The palate is rich and chewy, with cinnamon-spice oak and dark-chocolate notes to balance the richness. Long finish.”

Noah Rothbaum, head of cocktails and spirits for Flaviar, said that “on the nose, I get strong maple syrup and caramel notes with a bit of baking spices. On the palate, I get rich dark chocolate notes, plus stone fruits and a beautiful hint of malted rye and toasted wood.”

Thirty-eight barrels were used to create Unabridged. The whiskey is available for a suggested retail price of $89.99 at select retailers in the U.S. and in Alberta, Canada as well as online at and at

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