NOTES ABOUT 12 DAYS OF BOURBON CHOICES 2016
For those of you wanting to know more about the bourbons and the truffles for this year’s set, check back with this page. As we get the pairings completed, we’ll update the notes here.
The count-down to the 12 Days of Bourbon pre-sale has begun! Starting the lineup, we have Old Fitzgerald 86 proof. Now, at first blush you might wonder why it appears in this set. Well, it’s an older distillation that was made around the time of the great Heaven Hill fire. We found a dusty case in the back of a distributor and as soon as we tasted it, we were hooked. Our sources tell us that it was distilled at the famed Stitzel-Weller distillery.This expression has a unique and delicious profile.
The next featured Small-batch Bourbon Truffle™ for this year’s 12 Days of Christmas set is a barrel pick – Maker’s Mark™ Private Select. Maker’s Mark can claim to have established the idea of a premium bourbon, but this was the first year they’ve begun offering barrel picks to the public. For that reason, they’ve made the cut for our “12 Days of Bourbon” truffle set!
Next up, our truffle featuring the 2015 Limited Edition release of Yellowstone® Bourbon. This one is a repeat from last year’s set because we loved it so much (and managed to lay up an extra bottle.) Limited to about 6000 bottles in total, this complex and spicy bourbon brings woodiness you wouldn’t expect in a 7 year, with fruit and a lingering finish. It’s an exceptional bourbon that makes for an equally exceptional truffle.
Four Roses® makes an appearance in our truffle set for this year with the Small Batch Limited Edition 2015 which represents one of the last products Jim Rutledge presided over at the distillery. This complex bourbon was well-loved by reviewers and we can’t wait to finish the pairing to see which notes we coax out of this vibrant bourbon.
Coming in at number 8, a truffle that will feature Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition, batch 3. This is supposed to be the most balance of the 3 batches so it should give a lot of flavors to play with. We can’t wait to see how the wood notes play through the chocolate.
The 2014 edition of Old Forester® Birthday Bourbon will be truffle-ized for the number 7 pick in this year’s special collection of Small-batch Bourbon Truffles™. Old Fo’ always gives us plenty of flavors to work with: expect solid oaky notes, plus banana and cherry and a bright, clean bourbon profile.
The Diamond Anniversary edition of Wild Turkey is up next for it’s trufflization. Wild Turkey bourbons tend to make for fun, straightforward pairings in our truffles, but I have a feeling this one is going to bring some exciting subtleties.
An uncut and unfiltered release of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. shows up at number 5 for it’s shot at chocolate pairing. This bourbon is famed for a lot of complex flavors – spices, woods, toffee and others all tumble through the bourbon, and we can’t wait to see how this robust barrel-proof spirit lines up with the chocolates.
A barrel-pick of Jefferson’s Ocean is going to find it’s way into a truffle for the number 4 slot on this set. We haven’t even cracked this one yet, so it’s going to be a complete mystery on what chocolates it takes to bring out its sea charms. But I’m looking forward to it.
Michter’s® 10 Year Single Barrel is awaiting it’s chocolate pairing at number 3 on our list. Master Distiller Willie Pratt is picky about what he releases, and we have immense trust in his palate. He always turns out balanced, delicious whiskeys, and we’re looking forward to find out what chocolates we’ll need to use to coax that flavor into our truffle.
Parker’s Heritage® 24 Year Old Bottled in Bond is the oldest bourbon we’ve ever turned into a truffle and it comes in at number 2. Word is that this one is better balanced than folks expect out of something with so much age on it. The fact that this one is going to be a Bottled in Bond choice is just icing on the cake.
Pappy Van Winkle® 20 Year Old Bourbon rounds out our collection in the final spot. Traditionally, the 20 Year has been the sweet spot for us in terms of flavor, and we can’t see what this year’s release brings.