We couldn't be any more proud of this pick, and we are very excited to get to share it with you. So, when it gets here make sure you grab a bottle (or 2) because it won’t be here forever, and when it's gone it's gone. Also, pick yourself up one of our Wachusett Wine and Spirits branded Glen Cairn glass (limited availability) so that you can get the most out of your tasting experience.
We are very excited to announce that we are selecting our very own Single Barrel of Yellowstone Bourbon. What does this mean? Well, when you buy a typical bottle of Yellowstone (or almost any other Bourbon) it is a blend of different barrels, usually of different ages, designed to create a signature flavor profile. So, getting just a single barrel from that blend offers a unique drinking experience. And since each barrel in a warehouse will mature differently, they will each offer their own individual flavors. This means that our Single Barrel will not only offer its own unique taste, but these particular bottles will be exclusive to our store. It also means that when they sell out, they are gone for good, never to be duplicated. So, if you like what you taste, you may want to stock up.
Before we talk about this special barrel that we have chosen, let's first talk about the history of this great Bourbon. Yellowstone as a brand and distillery was started in 1872 and was named after our first national park. It was started by JB Dant, son of the famous JW Dant. This bloodline continues at Yellowstone to this day. It continued on until around prohibition. During Prohibition, the brand was bottled and sold by Brown Forman (Old Forester) as “medicinal whiskey” since they had one of the few licenses granted to do so. By the 1960 it was the largest selling brand in the state of Kentucky. During the 1970’s and 80’s , Yellowstone, as well as all Bourbons, struggled through some tough times. Then in the 90’s , the company that would go on to become Diageo, bought the brand and shut it down. The brand was then sold to Heaven Hill (Evan Williams, Elijah Craig) and in turn sold to Luxco.
In 2010 Paul and Steven Beam, descendants of both the Dant and Beams families started Limestone Distillery. Later, in 2015 they would partner with Luxco to restore their old family brand to prominence. Since then it has become their flagship Bourbon, accompanied by a yearly, higher proof and barrel finished special release that seems to be better every year. Yellowstone is blended from barrels of Bourbon between 4 and 7 years old, and bottled at 93 proof. Its’ mash bill is 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% barley, which is pretty much a Beam family signature recipe. In addition to being a great bottle of Bourbon to taste, it can also provide you with something to feel good about. A portion of the proceeds from Yellowstone are donated to the National Park Conservation Association, a non-political organization that nurtures our country's national parks. They also produce Minor Case Rye, which is a Rye finished in Sherry barrels, and named after Minor Case Beam.
So, how does this barrel taste? Well, first off I will say that if we could have gotten this bottled at barrel proof, we would have. All three samples were really special, but the one we chose was pretty spectacular. First off, the nose is full toasty oak, vanilla, cocoa, and spice that almost borders on sandalwood notes. Then it just gets better from there. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. It has flavors of a cinnamon roll, with bready and cinnamon sugar notes, then vanilla frosting, topped with chocolate and finished with a cherry on it. Then the finish just lingers on the back of the palate with all those chocolate and vanilla notes. I promise this is a special bottle.