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Review #0011 Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial Whiskey

Who makes it? ack Daniels – Brown Forman

Mash Bill: 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye. Then ages a minimum of 4 years.

Our good friend and Whiskey Krew member “D” aka: Dan,  generously provided this bottle to review.  Upon a visit to his dad, it was found in a closet and Dan instantly googled it and decided to hold onto it for just over a decade. Kris thought it was very smooth with a strong finish with a buttery oaky flavor, definitely an improvement over black label Jack. Erik thought it had a buttery flavor and wouldn’t have guessed that was Jack Daniel’s. Dan enjoyed the butterscotchery flavor with no bite and just a tingle around the lips. Overall, very enjoyable!

Kris gave it 7.5

Erik gave it 8.6

How much: It’ll cost you about $400-600 on the secondary market. Currently not available in stores.

A little history: On June 1796, President George Washington signed a bill granting statehood  to Tennessee.  In 1866 Jack Daniel aka Jasper Newton Daniel) officially started his distillery.  In 1896 he bottled Jack Daniel’s Centennial in celebration of Tennessee 100 birthday in a special bottled he himself designed and due to the time it took to craft this unique twisted glass shape few were made.  For the bicentennial Jack Daniel’s (now owned by Brown-Forman) bottled a Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial at 96 proof.  The highest proof bottling at that time. Now you have Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select at 100 proof.

Review #0010 Missouri Spirits Bourbon

Who makes it? Missouri Spirits

Mash Bill: 75% Midwest-grown corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley. Then ages a minimum of 2 years in a new white oak charred barrels from Missouri!

From the nose right down to the finish, it was all good. Erik was getting a scent of apples while Kris could tell it had a different nose, sweet and tame. Both agreed from the initial to pull to the last a very good bourbon. Not agressive, very smooth and opened up slightly from a little melt but very good neat.

Kris gave it 8.5

Erik gave it 7

How much: It’ll cost you about $30

A little history: Springfield’s first and only spirit house from midwest-grown ingredients to locally made barrels. Started in 2011 by founder Scott Shotts. Used to be a body shop, they gutted it made a distillery.
Having a background in Marketing and sales he helped a friend start a distillery and then decided to start his own.

Currently it can be found in Missouri and 6 surrounding states.

Whiskey Barrel Shortage

A surge in the demand for bourbon has led to a shortage in whiskey barrels. Exports of bourbon were in excess of 1 billion, that’s right with a “B” billion in 2014. Bourbon production has increased more than 50% from 2010 to 2013. In three years the craft-distilling companies have doubled to about 600 distillers.

The housing market crash of 2007 led to a number of lumber mills closing, they rebounded in 2014 but the supply of white oak has not caught up with the demand for barrel makers (Coopers). High timber prices, the lack of loggers have added to the problem. There is no quick fix for the bourbon industry’s supply problem. Since the bourbon has to be aged, the available supply is whatever was put in oak barrels 10 years ago when demand was lower. Distillers want to put more into barrels now but the barrels remain hard to get.

At a craft spirit conference where there was a presentation on staves(the wooden strips that make up the side of the barrels) and bungs(the plug for the bung hole) and the room was overflowing. Not for the lecture but the hopes of where to find barrels. The shortage is currently getting better and with the current tariffs could help close that gap.