Widow Jane Distillery recently announced the release of The Vaults 2021, the third edition in an old-and-rare whiskey collection from the New York-based brand. The 2021 release marries 15–17 year old bourbons that have been carefully selected by Widow Jane president and head distiller Lisa Wicker from the brand’s stocks housed at its Conover Street rickhouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Just over 3,000 bottles of The Vaults 2021 are being released to the public, in select markets, throughout the 2020-21 winter season.
Each release of The Vaults is intended to deliver intense flavors including a bold but balanced expression of the woods in which each was aged and finished. The 2021 blend of bourbons from Tennessee and Indiana is finished in Adirondack oak casks air-seasoned outside for 42 months. The casks were constructed in a traditional French method, with a tighter construction than the American oak from the original aging period, and were given a heavy toast, which allowed the sugars in the wood to caramelize and enhance the already strong backbone of the whiskey. The casks received a three-and-a-half level char.
As is the case with all Widow Jane whiskeys, like their signature 10 Year Old Bourbon, The Vaults 2021 is non-chill filtered and proofed with limestone mineral water from the legendary Rosendale Mines of New York, 100 miles north of the distillery.
GSN’s Remarks: Delectable, delightful and delicious. A perfect marriage of distillation and aging showcased in a high-proof and venerable spirit. The nose alone will tantalize your senses with heavenly notes of caramel, cocoa, vanilla, and sweet roll. The flavor is compact and intense with even more sweetness. Caramel corn, pecan pie, fresh pipe tobacco and baking spices all come into play in an ever shifting landscape of flavor. The finish is long and has elements of pfeffernusse, molasses and mellow smokiness. This whiskey is a real treat and shows just how masterful the distiller’s skills truly are. We could enjoy a pour of this every night. GSN Rating: A+
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