DFW-based indie whiskey brand Oak & Eden recently unveiled Wheat & Honey, a small batch release blending the brand’s permanent wheated bourbon with a honey-soaked toasted American Oak spire. Oak & Eden is built on the foundation of innovation. This pursuit leads the brand to constantly create new and unique whiskies that can only be achieved by its patented process of In-Bottle FinishingTM, where a 5-inch spiral-cut piece of oak is placed into every bottle of whiskey produced.
With Wheat & Honey, the spire is paired with American honey, to infuse the oak with an additional element that adds an essence of flavor on the finish. Wheat & Honey, bottled at 45% Alc. by Vol., is available now exclusively online at oakandeden.com. Wheat & Honey will continue to roll out in select Oak & Eden retailers across 30 states in the coming months.
Wheat & Honey begins with a combination of 51% corn, 45% wheat and 4% malted barley. Once distilled, the bourbon is aged in new American Oak barrels producing a rich, deep yet sweet spirit. Oak & Eden uses a 5” American Oak spire in Wheat & Honey. Before placing the spire into the wheated bourbon, it is exposed to fire, technically a medium toast, then each spire is infused with American Honey before being placed in the bottle for that naturally sweet finish.
Oak & Eden will debut additional expressions to its Infused Series over the next year as well as build upon its unique Bottle Builder program where customers can craft their own whiskey bottle using one of the maker’s four finished whiskey bases and over thirty infusion options. The Bottle Builder program is currently offered at the brand’s Flagship retail location and nano-distillery in Bridgeport, TX.
GSN’s Remarks: Light in body and soft in flavor, with a hint of honey. This almost tastes like a ready-made cocktail in some ways. Pour a few ounces in an ice filled mixing glass, toss in a dash of bitters, strain into a cocktail glass and you’re good to go. The bourbon itself is young, but has enough character that it will please a novice whiskey enthusiast. Certainly the spire itself makes for a talking point, as some others in the GSN offices asked what was in the bottle. It’s an interesting concept which will subtly change the flavor of the spirit the longer it rests. GSN Rating: B
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