The presentation is simple. Tall, thick cylinder with a stubby neck, topped with a beautifull dark wood topper housing a synthetic cork. The bottom of the bottle is unexpectedly tapered, round and thin. The bottle itself is very hefty and thick with glass. The label is a taupe rectangular wrap with black text written in what I consider ‘army’ font.
The barrel number, bottle number and bottling date are hand written in red ink. The whole presentation is simple and easy on the eyes.
A thick palate, full of coconut and cherry lollipops, fresh oak, some sour grass, sweet soft toffee and tobacco. After some air, there is some loam, latex, spun sugar and an even amount of char. The nose is very nicely balanced. Fresh peppermint.
A bit thin and hot at first, then rounds out to a smooth, sweet finish. Hard cherry candies and fresh earth, followed with spicy charred oak. Grass, mesquite and decayed foliage, yellow stonefruits, corncobs and a peppermint finish.
Other than being a bit predictable, this is very good bourbon. Robust, sweet, spicy and well balanced. This is a premium bottling.
The good people at widow jane boast using local water from the ‘widow jane’ limestone mine in Rosendale, NY, which they claim is sweet. They also use heirloom corn varietals and are producing some whiskies which are 100% gmo free.
Mr. preston, the man in charge at widow jane has also started plans to grow his own heirloom corn in a 250 acre plot, neighboured by a 50 acre plot of rye.