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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Berkshire Bourbon

It is the eve of the 4th of July, and what better way to cozy up to Independence Day than an American Bourbon.

Up in Massachusetts you can find Berkshire Mountain Distillers.  They create a range of items from gins to vodka and rum and more.  Tonight, rather than just head over to the Kentucky area of my cabinet, I felt like mixing it up a bit.

Bottled at 86 proof, and without an age statement, it is kind of hard to find around here in New Jersey.
It is a shame too, because this is one of those bourbons that has a distinct tone.  A clear note for me, that is consistent through the whole experience, is that of sweet cinnamon.  Every now and then, when my pallet needs a breather from the peaty scotches and spicy ryes, I want to go for my sweet tooth.  Usually, I can get that fix from Bourbon or certain Speysides, but I digress.

A special thanks goes out to the fine folks at Berkshire for the sample.  I have been advised that this is Triple Distilled (Pot) and has a mashbill coming in at 72% Corn 18% Rye and 12% Barley.  Lots to look forward to!

Tasting Notes:
Appearance:  Honeyed amber
Nose:  Light but fairly rich, sweet caramel & cornbread

Palate: Medium bodied, like biting into a piece of Big Red Chewing Gum, sweet upfront with a faint spicy tang

Finish:  Peaceful and quiet, a gentle farewell


This one is best with very little water.  It is just right as is.  You can tell that there was some heart and soul put into this.  Very smooth and delicate, it doesn't need to blow the doors off.  Instead of being a tank rumbling into town and blowing everything up, this is the Navy SEAL sneaking up on you, quietly without a peep, and getting the job done. 

Score:  85

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