Small distilleries face a tough decision when they age spirits. It costs a lot of money to have a whiskey just sitting there in a barrel. If the law says a “straight” spirit must be aged at least two years, the business part of a distiller’s brain wants to bottle that spirit at two years and one day to start recouping some cash.
But good things come to those who wait. Take J. Henry & Sons near Dane, Wisconsin. They’re a seed corn company that decided to take some of the corn, wheat, and rye grown on their farm and age a bourbon. They contract-distill at 45th Parallel Distillery in New Richmond, Wisconsin, and their bourbons are aged for over five years (believed to be the longest-aged whiskies in the state).
“The 92-proof bourbon, which is cut with water, costs about $50 retail and received a four-star rating from the Spirit Journal. The 125-proof, cask-strength Patton Road Reserve sells for about $70 per bottle and won gold medals in 2015 at the New York International Spirits and New York World Wine & Spirits competitions. The two are believed to be the only bourbons made in Wisconsin aged more than five years.”
Read more: [H/T Wisconsin State Journal]