I mentioned the transparency of Pinhook’s branding and labeling. They come out and tell us that the mashbill for the Bohemian bourbon is 75/15/10 corn, rye, and malted barley respectively; additionally, they disclose that this is distilled, aged, and bottled at the Old Taylor Distillery that is now operating under the name of Castle & Key. There are a lot of things in the craft whiskey world that can frustrate us–as whiskey geeks–but seeing a brand like Pinhook come right out and tell us not only what’s in the bottle, but where it was made, is a full-on gallop in the right direction. Alright, alright, enough dadjokes. Let’s take a look at the literature from the Pinhook website:
The first bourbon in half a century to be distilled, aged and bottled at the legendary Old Taylor Distillery (now Castle & Key) and Pinhook’s inaugural bourbon crafted from its custom Kentucky distillate.
This limited expression of 100 barrels, aged more than 34 months, was blended and proofed by Sean Josephs, Pinhook’s Co-Founder and Master Taster.
Each year, Pinhook releases a new vintage of bourbons and ryes. Every expression is the best representation of our barrels at that moment in time, and dedicated to a promising young thoroughbred. Through a combination of careful barrel selection, blending in small batches, and meticulous proofing, each Pinhook vintage has a personality as unique as the horse on the label.
The Bohemian Bourbon is clocking in at 114.5 doesn’t strike me as being “high proof” as the label calls it, but I suppose outside of the whiskey geek kingdom that may ring true. Another fact worth noting is this bourbon comes to us at the tender age of 2 years 10 months. It’s no secret that proof can hide flaws, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little skeptical of such a young product–especially being the very first product to roll out of the Castle & Key Distillery–but that’s what the Craft Corner is all about, right? Let’s try something new!