Whisky has always been a part of The Vintage Gentlemen, and recently we had the opportunity to try a bottle of Bib & Tucker Bourbon. For those unfamiliar with the brand, this is a fairly new bourbon owned by 3 Badge Beverage Corporation out of California. 35 Maple Street is the spirits division of the corporation, and this bourbon named Bib and Tucker was brought to market in 2014. With a background in rye, wheat, and Canadian whiskies, this is 3 Badge Beverage Corporations first venture into the bourbon world. They are a non-distiller producer and supposedly source this bourbon from a Tennessee distillery. There are speculations as to which particular distillery it’s sourced from, but some guess George Dickel, Jack Daniel’s, or Prichard’s.
The mashbill for this bourbon is said to be 70% corn, 26% rye, and 4% malted barley. It is aged for 6 years in No. 1 charred American White Oak Barrels and bottled at 46% alcohol by volume. The bourbon is bottled by 35 Maple Street in Bardstown, Kentucky, and I must say, the bottles that the bourbon come in are absolutely beautiful as you can see in the picture below. Kudos to the designer of the bottles!
The tasting notes on this bourbon were definitely unique, but enjoyable nonetheless. The nose brings an interesting aroma of grass and earthiness that is without question one of the more interesting bourbons I’ve encountered on the nose. The palate continues with the earthy notes that were found in the nose, and the finish consists of a spice and pepper. At roughly $59 retail, this is not a bourbon to drink every day, but it is a bourbon that I do feel like offered a unique spin on the typical flavor profile of a bourbon that I enjoyed and appreciated.
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