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J. Frederick

A bottle of our highly rated J. Frederick bourbon, which received 95 points at the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Luxury

Straight Bourbon

Ultimate Spirits Award Paddle Wheel

J. Frederick Bourbon is our first product to win the coveted “Top 100 Spirits” award (one of just 20 bourbons and ryes on the list in 2020). This highly rated bourbon is crafted in honor of J. Frederick Hillerich who immigrated to America from Germany on October 7, 1842. After resting in traditional Oak Barrels, J. Frederick is WoodCraft Finished using woods – the way it might have been done in the 1800s – reclaimed 200 Year Oak, Maple Wood and Cherry Wood. 

TASTING NOTES

Bitter Chocolate, Orange Peel, and Vanilla nose. A Palate of Earthy, Peppery Rye combines with Cherry, Caramel and Cocoa gives way to a long and supple finish

SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

J. Frederick is a product that is most often drank neat or over ice. That said, it also makes for luxurious cocktails. Here are three of our favorites. 

Charles Dickens Bourbon Smash

Ingredients

  • 1 Orange Wedge 
  • 5 Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 oz of Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz of J. Frederick

Directions

Combine the orange, mint leaves and simple syrup in a shaker and muddle together. Next, add 2 oz of J. Frederick and shake for 12 seconds. Serve in a chilled coupe glass or in an old fashioned glass with fresh ice.

Prince of Wales Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of J. Frederick
  • 1 tsp. of Simple Syrup 
  • 1 tsp. of Pineapple Juice
  • Dash of Angostura or Brain Brew 1862 bitters
  • 1 oz Sparkling Water or Champagne

Directions

Combine J. Frederick, syrup, juice and bitters in shaker. Shake the ingredients with ice for 12 seconds. Pour in glass with ice and finish with 1 oz of sparkling wine or champagne.

Paper Plane Cocktail 

Ingredients 

  • .75 oz. J. Frederick
  • .75 oz. Aperol
  • .75 oz. Amaro Nonimo
  • .75 oz. lemon juice

Directions

Combine ingredients in shaker and shake with ice for 12 seconds. Serve in a chilled coupe glass over fresh ice.

200 Year Oak Bourbon

200 Year Oak

Bourbon

Ultimate Spirits Award Paddle Wheel

200 Year Oak Bourbon is our MOST FLEXIBLE whiskey.  Being finished with 200 year Oak and European Oak gives it a level of richness and complexity that is normally only found in bourbons costing twice as much or more.  This is why it wins great value awards.  It’s also the most flexible – it’s spectacular neat, over ice or in all classic and craft cocktails – as evidenced by it getting the very rare 95 point rating. 

FUN FACTS

  • 200 Year Oak Bourbon is as close as you can get to tasting what bourbon would have tasted like on the upper deck of a luxury riverboat in the 1800s. 
  • The 200 year oak comes from reclaimed oak boards from old barns in Kentucky/Ohio.  The barns themselves were well, well over 100 years old.  And the wood used to build them would have been 100 years old as well.  
  • 200 Year Oak Bourbon is crafted from 21% rye bourbon. 
  • When the 200 year wood was tested it was actually “cleaner” than wood from trees today. We believe this is because of less pollutants in the air and soil when the trees were growing.
  • In addition to 200 year oak, the bourbon is also WoodCraft Finished with European oak. In the 1800s, European oak would have been what Madeira and other luxury spirits shipped from Europe would have been shipped in.  Then the barrels would have been used to finish luxury bourbon.

TASTING NOTES

Vanilla, caramel, anise and sherry bouquet lead to dark fruit, raisin, caramel and allspice that fills the pallet. The taste concludes with a long complex oaky finish.

BOTTLE AWARDS

Connoisseurs love the results of 200 Year Oak Bourbon – awarding this product a 95 rating (Ultimate Recommendation) at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Ultimate Spirits Award Paddle Wheel

SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

BOURBON BERRY-TINI – Enjoy the brightness of the season with this smashing, summery libation.

Ingredients 

  • 2 oz. 200 Year Oak Bourbon
  • .5 oz. Maple Syrup
  • .75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • Cut Strawberries
  • Blueberries

Directions 

In the bottom of an empty shaker, place a few berries along with the maple and fresh lemon juice. Gently muddle to break up the fruit, add ice and top with bourbon. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with fruit.

BOURBON SOURA citrus explosion! A hit of orange brings new dimension to this classic cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. 200 Year Oak Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • .5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the ingredients and shake very well to combine, at least 10-12 seconds. Use fresh squeezed juice, especially the lemon. Commercially available OJ is a suitable substitute. Double strain into a tumbler with fresh ice and enjoy immediately.

KON-TIKI – Experience an island getaway in a glass. Relax and revive with this breezy cocktail.

Ingredients 

  • 2 oz. 200 Year Oak Bourbon
  • 2.5 oz. Half & Half
  • 1oz. Cream of Coconut
  • Shaved Chocolate

Directions

Build ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Seal up well and shake hard until the coconut cream is well incorporated, 12-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with grated chocolate.

BOURBON SMASH

Ingredients 

  • 2 oz. 200 Year Oak Bourbon
  • .5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 5 to 8 Mint Leaves (depending on size of leaves)
  • 1/4 of a Large Lemon Cut Into Wedges (or 1/2 a small lemon)
  • Ice

Directions 

First, muddle simple syrup, mint leaves and lemon together. Next, add Paddle Wheel with a lot of ice and shake for 12 seconds. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a wedge of lemon & mint. As an optional addition, you can add some ginger ale to it.

Five Wood Rye Whiskey

Five Wood

Rye Whiskey

Five Wood Rye Whiskey is our BIGGEST and BOLDEST tasting whiskey. This is a result of its 95% rye mash bill and five wood WoodBill™ – American Oak, European Oak, 200 Year Oak, Maple Wood, Cherry Wood.  It’s fantastic neat, over ice and in whiskey forward cocktails like Manhattans, Sazeracs and Paper Planes.

FUN FACTS

  • Five Wood Rye Whiskey is our salute to the working men and women who work hard – in factories, hospitals, restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries, wineries, offices, and all the various service industries.
  • Rye whiskey was the whiskey of the American colonies. George Washington distilled rye whiskey at Mount Vernon. In time, bourbon became the best selling American whiskey with rye being number two.  Today, rye whiskey is growing rapidly. 
  • Because rye is such a big flavor, we decided to go even bigger, finishing it with five woods:  American oak, European oak, maple wood, cherry wood and 200 year oak.
  • A “sister” product of Five Wood Rye Whiskey that we also produce, Noble Oak Rye, received an earth shattering 97 point rating and selection one of the top 100 spirits in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. 
  • Five Wood Rye Whiskey is crafted from 95% rye. 

TASTING NOTES

Dried cherry, currant and honey on the nose carry throughout, along with a cardamon, black pepper, vanilla, cherry cola and honey create a complex finish.

BOTTLE AWARDS

Connoisseurs love the results of Five Wood Rye Whiskey – awarding this product a Double Gold at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 94 points at the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

SAZERAC – Strong, swarthy, & spirit forward, this timeless Louisiana classic is always in style.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Five Wood Rye Whiskey
  • 1 tsp. Simple Syrup
  • Absinthe Rinse
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Directions

Rinse the inside of a rocks glass with a splash of absinthe or anise liqueur; dump the excess. In a heavy mixing glass filled with ice, measure out ingredients and stir thoroughly, until the glass is very cold. This cocktail can also be shaken, if desired. Strain into the prepared rocks glass. Express the oil from a lemon peel over the glass and discard. Serve it up, with no ice.

PAPER PLANEA true delight! Vibrant, mysterious, and craveable, this unique blend is perfect for sunny days and electric nights.

Ingredients

  • .75 oz. Five Wood Rye Whiskey
  • .75 oz. Aperol
  • .75 oz. Amaro Nonino
  • .75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Use fresh lemon juice always—bottled will not achieve the desired result. Shake hard and thoroughly, straining into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

BIG CITY – A Fresher, Brighter Version of the Manhattan

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Five Wood Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz. dry vermouth (Dolin)
  • .5 oz. Grand Marnier

Directions

First, combine all of the ingredients in a shaker. Next, add ice and shake for 12 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with cherry.

Three Wood

Smoked Bourbon

Three Wood

Smoked Bourbon

92 Points

Three Wood Smoked Bourbon is our MOST UNIQUE whiskey.  It’s a three wood “smoke bomb”.   The smoke flavor is more American BBQ/Campfire then it is Scottish Aisle peat.   While some drink it straight – it’s most commonly used in cocktails.  It makes a killer SMOKE STORM Highball (Tall Stacks + Coke + a splash of Grand Marnier or Cointreau) – or Smoked Old Fashioned, Smoked Bourbon Sour, Smoke Manhattan, etc.

FUN FACTS

  • Three Wood Smoked Bourbon is a 21% Rye Bourbon that is smoked with a mix of Hickory, Apple and Cherry Wood.
  • It was our first product to win a double gold medal – one of 8 that were awarded at the North American Bourbon and Whiskey championship.
  • While some will drink it neat or on ice – most people use it in cocktails creating Smoked Manhattans, Old Fashioned and even the tropical drinks like the Painkiller.

    TASTING NOTES

    Hot chocolate, malt and peat nose. Caramel, vanilla malt and oak are rounded out by a long smoky finish. 

    SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

    Smoke Storm This is not your father’s whiskey and coke. Grand Marnier blends perfectly with our bourbon’s smokey profile to create a cocktail unlike anything else.

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz. Three Wood Smoked Bourbon
    • .5 oz. Grand Marnier
    • 3 oz. Coke or Diet Coke

    Directions

    Build the ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Stir gently and enjoy immediately. Do not shake.

    Painkiller

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz. Tall Stacks Smoked Bourbon
    • 1 oz. coconut cream
    • 2 oz. pineapple juices  
    • 1 oz. orange juice

    Directions

    Combine all ingredients in shaker and shake with ice. Pour in glass over fresh ice and garnish with nutmeg.

    Smoked Margarita  – A Bizarrely Awesome Drink

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz. Tall Stacks Smoked Bourbon
    • 1 oz. Cointreau
    • 1 oz. Lime Juice
    • .5 oz. Simple Syrup

    Directions

    Combine all ingredients in shaker and shake with ice for 12 seconds. Pour over fresh ice and serve in margarita glass with salted rim.

    Smoked Perfect Manhattan

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz. Tall Stacks Smoked Bourbon
    • .5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
    • .5 oz. Dry Vermouth
    • 3 drops of 1862 or Angostura Bitters

    Directions

    Combine all ingredients and shake with ice for 12 seconds. Serve over fresh ice in coupe glass with maraschino cherry.