So I covered the River Aged Rye from O.H. Ingram in an earlier review here in the Craft Corner, and while there weren’t any flaws I did rate that as “almost ready” meaning that I thought it could use a little more time in the barrel before sitting on the shelf next to the products in its price range. Today’s product is totally different, so let’s see what it has to say for itself.
Comprised of hand-selected barrels in a very small batch (ten barrels in total) the Flagship Bourbon should represent what amounts to the best liquid that O.H. Ingram has been resting on the barge. This is proofed at 50% ABV (100 proof). I’m excited to dig into the whiskey itself, but first let’s recap what the brand is doing.
Leveraging the perpetually undulating water of the Mississippi River as well as its climate, Ingram is aging their whiskey in a way that is not only unique but also quite interesting in terms of analytics. In looking at their process you can see a large amount of data right on their website:
Our whiskey experiences large diurnal shifts (the difference in temperature between daily highs and lows). The heat from the daytime sun the causes the pores in the wood to expand and absorb more whiskey. At night, the river pulls the heat from the barge causing the pores to squeeze the whiskey back into the barrel along with the flavors it has extracted.
Without overloading this review with video frames I’ll just make mention that Hank sat down with us for an interview on Weekly Whiskey and shared a lot of great information about their aging process and the brands itself, you can check that video out on the Weekly Whiskey YouTube channel.
And finally–let’s get on with the tasting. Here we go!