Spirit Works uses all organic grain, sourcing as much as possible from California farmers, including the corn and wheat used in this bourbon. We liked the bottled in bond rye the distillery released last year, scoring it 88 points.
Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders continue throughout the world, impacting even whisky distillers and blenders, but since most of them are well-stocked with top-quality bottles, they’re drinking quite well. So are whisky clubs, who are so intent on gathering—virtually—to enjoy camaraderie and great drams that several are increasing the frequency of their meetings. Many folks are enjoying cocktails at home as well, often thanks to DIY cocktail kits from both local bars and online delivery services.
And even in this time, new whiskies are rolling out. The long-anticipated debut of Virginia Distillery Co.’s fully house-made single malt has arrived. Courage & Conviction hits shelves this month, priced at $75. The first batch of 9,600 bottles is named for the late company founder, George G. Moore.
Buffalo Trace is launching the fourth release in the Old Charter Oak bourbon range. Old Charter Oak Chinkapin Oak is $70 and available in limited amounts.
Chicken Cock has a new straight rye, made at Bardstown Bourbon Co. The whiskey is rolling out widely, priced at $70.
Finally, Sebastopol, California’s Spirit Works Distillery is releasing new straight bourbon. Spirit Works Four Grain bourbon is $50, initially for sale in California, with expansion planned.
Style: Straight bourbon
Age: Not stated
Proof: 45% ABV
Release: April 2020
Availability: Initially for sale in CA, with expansion to AZ, CO, NY, and OR planned
Need to know:
This whiskey is made using Spirit Works’ two bourbon mashbills: both 60% corn, with one featuring 30% wheat and 10% malted barley, and the other 30% rye and 10% malted rye. Put together, the two different styles encompass four grains. The bourbon is aged at least 4 years in 53-gallon barrels.
Whisky Advocate says:
Located in Sebastopol, California, in the heart of wine country, Spirit Works is one of several distilleries that are starting to make the area known for grain-based drinks in addition to grapes. Spirit Works uses all organic grain, sourcing as much as possible from California farmers, including the corn and wheat used in this bourbon. We liked the bottled in bond rye the distillery released last year, scoring it 88 points.
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