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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Widow Jane 7YR Straight Bourbon


I touched upon the notion of romanticism & whiskey in a previous post.
From the Widow Jane website:

The water used to create this product comes from the Widow Jane mine in Rosendale, New York. Rosendale Limestone possesses an even higher ratio of beneficial minerals than that found in Kentucky and its sparkling waters are as pure as its namesake, the Widow Jane. The greatest structures in New York are from the gargantuan caissons that allowed the Brooklyn Bridge to soar, to the Statue of Liberty’s 27,000 ton pedestal, to the Empire State Building itself are all held fast and strong by that Rosendale stone.

 
A combination of unfiltered 91 proof Bourbon and highly mineralized water can lead to a very slight cloudiness (calcium) in the bottle which appears when agitated. It is yet another attractive part of this package. Widow Jane Whiskey is a true New York City whiskey, evocative of both the rock that created the foundation for this city of skyscrapers and the forward looking, DIY spirit that has made Brooklyn the center of a new artisanal food and beverage movement.
Pretty cool stuff.  Now, it is worth noting that the juice itself comes from Kentucky (please correct me if I am wrong).  But, the water used to bring the whiskey down to proof is an important step in the process.   That is where this wonderful Rosedale, NY water comes into play.  While from a technical standpoint I could see the limestone water holding more value in the beginning of the creation of this whiskey as limestone water definitely effects fermentations providing nutrients for yeast and changing some congener chemistry.  But, I could also see dissolved calcium reacting and forming soaps with various congeners and fusel oils changing the filtration process when used in cutting proof.  In fact, the Widow Jane water is so heavily mineralized that I have seen some Widow Jane bottles left to sit that actually formed calcium snow at the bottom. 
I unfortunately missed out on the 5 year old version of Widow Jane’s previous release, but I am super giddy to have received a sample of their 7 year version for review here.  (thanks so much to the fine folks at Cacao Prieto for the sample)
Tasting Notes:

Appearance:  Dark Copper

Nose:  Loads of vanilla & well balanced Charred Oak

Palate:  Baking spices and caramel, cinnamon, slight fruity note which could either be cherries or oranges
Finish:  Coca-Cola, Long, warming and delicious!

Overall:

Cacao Prieto is the company behind this outstanding product and I have to give them credit.  They are mostly known as a fantastic chocolate manufacturer and producers of cacao liqueur and rum.  Their reputation of utilizing the upmost care and consideration of fine details has not been lost in their whiskey endeavor…it reflects a high-end approach.  I’d give it a little time to open up, and maybe even a drop of water if you wish.  But, believe me it will be worth the wait.  This is an excellent Bourbon that I could enjoy anytime, regardless of where it came from or what it was cut with...fantastic.

Score: 90

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