Bourbon: Rough Rider Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch (Long Island Spirits)
Type: Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 90.0 Proof (45.0% ABV)
Distilled by: Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow, NY
Nose: Lots of sweet dried fruit notes, like raisin, plum and dried orange peel drizzled with caramel. Some young grain notes pop up in minimal amounts.
Palate: Sweet with a rye spice pop. Caramel and fig, really echoing richer notes associated with brandy but with a bourbon feel. Some oak makes it way forward towards the end. There are some younger bourbon notes here, but genuinely, they are overshadowed by the richer, darker fruit notes.
Finish: The finish is a bit dry and on the medium to short side. Very little bite and very smooth. Notes of oak and pepper develop over time.
Geek Fact: Long Island Spirits was started in 2007 in Baiting Hollow, NY and surrounded by 5,000 acres of potato farms. Most well known for their potato based LiV brand vodka, the farm to bottle distillery has recently started making their own craft bourbon, Rough Rider, with a very complex finishing process. The process starts with a high-rye bourbon mash bill of 60% corn / 35% rye / 5 % malted barley all locally sourced on the island. After it's first aging, the barrels are finished in merlot and chardonnay casks from local wineries, but not before those casks are rinsed with a local high proof brandy. The role of the brandy is to temper the wine casks before having bourbon added to them and also, with the help of the extra finishing, takes any young, or "green," notes out of the bourbon. #Cheers
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