Note to future craft distilling self: Must come up with unique way to make my craft whiskies stand out from the herd of over 1,300 distilleries across the United States. How do I do that? I know – throw a few of my whiskies into a limited edition boxed set and call it the whiskey industry’s “first and only” bourbon blending kit. Enter the Timber Creek Bourbon Blending Kit from Florida’s growing craft whiskey scene,
The Timber Creek Bourbon Blending Kit, as you read above, is being billed as the first kit of its kind to hit retail. While I don’t know if that argument holds true or not, this much I can say – most of what exists out there in that narrow legal chasm where you can play at-home distiller/blender takes the form of white whiskey aging kits. What’s you’ve got here instead with this offering is a selection of 100 percent single grain whiskeys which have already been aged and only await your blending prowess to create the bourbon of your dreams.
Wait, you say, how can I blend these together when I don’t know how to do that? Timber Creek has already thought of that, and includes a blending guide booklet alongside the whiskies in the kit. This reading accessory offers hints on how the different included single grains contribute to the flavor of each bourbon and shows exactly how to do the different blendings, as well as “a list of mash bills for many popular bourbon brands” just in case you want to replicate your favorite bourbon.
The blending kit also provides a graduated mixing beaker, stir rod, and a graduated pipette for precise mixing and blending of the bourbon. About the only thing not included in this kit is an empty bottle to store your final creation in, which means you either (1) use up one of the included and already filled bottles completely or (2) you dig up your own 375 ml or 750 ml bottle to stash your new home-created expression in.
“By leveraging tried and true techniques from the brewing and distilling industries and marrying those with a new approach and process for distilling, we are able to experiment with different flavor profiles and quickly bring distinct products to market while simultaneously focusing on quality,” said Aaron Barnes, Timber Creek’s master distiller, in a prepared statement. “With the Timber Creek Bourbon Blending Kit, we are offering customers the opportunity to blend whiskey the way they want without being limited to what is found on the shelf.”
The four bottles included in this kit hold the following:
- 100% Florida Corn Whiskey @ 100 Proof – 750ml bottle
- 100% Florida Wheat Whiskey @ 100 Proof – 375ml bottle
- 100% Florida Black Rye Whiskey @ 100 Proof – 375ml bottle
- 100% American Single Malt Barley Whiskey @ 100 Proof – 375ml bottle
Most of these seem pretty straight forward, except for the Black Rye. Timber Creek says it is a standalone bottling that it is distilled from Florida 401 Black Rye, a rye strain apparently only grown in Florida.
Should this kit interest you, expect to drop around $240 for one of the 500 which were produced.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...