Brandywine Branch Single Barrel Bourbon rests until ready in commissioned barrels made of an unusually high quality new american white oak – not your standard bourbon cask – but quality oak crafted by Master Coopers in Kentucky who normally build superior wine casks for award winning wines from France and California.
The barrels were charred to the distilleries specifications, filled and then brought north to the distillery for further aging. It is bottled on site one custom cask at a time at cask strength (118.4 proof / 59.2abv), with the inaugural bottling occurred in May 2016 with Cask #101.
Nose: a deeply sherried single malt! Then the candy notes drop back and the anise/cinnamon spice of the rye comes through.
Mouthfeel: Notes of pepper coat the tongue with a velvety mouthfeel.
Taste: A tang of anise (slight) and hints of peach and apple peel present and soften to a beautiful fruit balance. Wash of maple, blackberry and apple with mild vanilla and pastry crème.
Finish: Rich black tea astringent and demerara sugar cubes.