Contrary to popular opinion, Bourbon doesn’t always come from Kentucky or Tennessee. In fact, until 2015 no whiskey was made in Bourbon County, Kentucky since prohibition began in 1919. Bourbon can be made anywhere from Alabama to Wyoming. There are legal requirements however. Bourbon must be:
- Produced in the United States
- Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
- Aged in new, charred oak barrels
- Distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume)
- Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume)
- Bottled (like other whiskeys) at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol by volume)
Spirit of America Bourbon Whiskey is crafted in Indiana using 51% Corn, 45% Wheat and 4% Malted Barley. Aged barrels of spirit are then blended to achieve the Spirit of America house style. And in a true American spirit, the Hobson & Roberts Distilling Company donates $1 for each bottle sold to the Hope For The Warriors® campaign. Hope For The Warriors® provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.
Spirit of America Bourbon Whiskey (86 proof)
Visual: Mellow gold.
Nose: Bright woody notes with a lot of peppery spice and more subtle vanilla. Surprisingly rye-like and intense.
Taste: Nice and sweet with a mild bread-like flavor. A curious apple flavor comes out after a minute, giving this a autumn-like character. Easy going, yet direct in its approach.
Finish: Some tannins creep in toward the end, but that fruitiness lingers. Cinnamon and nutmeg percolates at the very end.
Overall: A very serviceable bourbon that works with mixers especially well and in less complex whiskey cocktails.
GSN Rating: B+
For more information go to: SOA Spirits