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This Pinhook Bourbon Country whiskey is bottled at 95.5 proof and has a vibrant burst of ripe pear and baked apricot up front which seamlessly gives way to toffee, dates, and vanilla bean. A lingering and lifting finish of cinnamon , cedar , and peppercorn round out this complex, and exceptionally balanced expression.
Kentucky-based non-distilling producer Pinhook appeared on the crowded American whiskey stage back in 2014, and since that time they’ve released annual, limited bottlings of sourced bourbon and rye reportedly from MGP. Despite the Indiana origins of their initial offerings, the distillery embraces all things Kentucky with a particular emphasis on horse racing. The distillery’s name comes from a term that describes the practice of purchasing yearling horses and selling them when they’re race-ready. Each release, or “crop,” is named after a racing thoroughbred from one of the owner’s stables.
Through a partnership with Bourbon Lane Stable LLC, each lot of Pinhook whiskey showcases an individual thoroughbred. For the first cask strength release, Bourbon Country was chosen.
We got our hands on the 2018 straight bourbon release, which is known as Bourbon Country. Like all of Pinhook Bourbon Country whiskey releases today, the whiskey is on the younger side (less than four years old) with a mashbill of 75% corn, 20.5% rye, and 4.5% malted barley. Blending and proofing have also been done on contract by Sean Josephs at the new Castle & Key Distillery (formerly the Old Taylor Distillery) in Frankfort, Kentucky. Let’s see how this horse runs!
Light but lively, candied orange and white cake nicely blend together. They’re joined by a touch of vanilla, light oak, and pepper. A light layer of ethanol lies in wait, and appears with a heavy sniff. A nice way to start off the sip.