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Whiskey Overview: Filibuster Bottled-in-Bond Virginia Straight Bourbon

Editor’s Notice: This whiskey was offered to us as a evaluate pattern by Filibuster. This under no circumstances, per our editorial insurance policies, influenced the ultimate end result of this evaluate. It also needs to be famous that by clicking the purchase hyperlink in direction of the underside of this evaluate our web site receives a small referral fee which helps to assist, however not affect, our editorial and different prices.

First-generation immigrants Suman and Siddharth Dilawri opened the liquor retailer Trendy Liquors within the fashionable Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, in 2010. Just a few years later, they purchased a 12,000-square-foot former apple-packing warehouse 90 minutes outdoors town, in Maurertown, Virginia, and laid the foundations for a distillery and tasting room.

From out within the Shenandoah Valley, their Filibuster Distillery made a reputation for itself within the Mid-Atlantic states the place it was initially distributed based mostly largely on its dual-cask-finished bourbons – sourced whiskeys completed in wine barrels. However Filibuster added a steady nonetheless on-site in Maurertown in 2016, the place it has a deep limestone properly, and has been transferring towards whiskeys made on-site lately.

The Bottled-in-Bond Virginia Straight Bourbon makes use of grains grown close to the distillery at Shenandoah HWK Farms, that are distilled and aged at Filibuster. It’s a extra easy strategy than most of the distillery’s earlier releases, permitting the whiskey-making course of to face by itself with none ending thrives.

The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, which provides this bottle its title and distinctiveness, was initially handed as a result of the federal authorities was involved concerning the quantity of fraudulent booze being offered within the nation. The feds needed a means for consumers to know they have been getting what they have been paying for in a whiskey bottle throughout these largely unregulated pre-Prohibition days.

Underneath the legislation, bottled-in-bond bourbons needed to be distilled at a single distillery in a single distilling season, aged not less than 4 years in a warehouse licensed by the federal government as reliable, bottled at precisely 100 proof (50% alcohol by quantity), altered with no components apart from water, and supplied with labels that included particular product data. Bottles got here affixed with a tax stamp to indicate their bona fides below the legislation.

The necessities to make use of the time period are largely the identical as they have been in 1897, but it surely’s a matter of debate whether or not the declare is especially significant in an period when all kinds of different meals security and labeling legal guidelines additionally apply. In any case, it lets you already know the whiskey is 100 proof and not less than 4 years outdated.

Filibuster Bottled-in-Bond Virginia Straight Bourbon (picture by way of Debbie Nelson/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Filibuster Bottled-in-Bond Virginia Straight Bourbon

Important stats: Mash invoice of 70% corn, 20% rye, 10% malted barley, aged 5 years in new oak; 100 proof/50% alcohol by quantity; MSRP of $89.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

Look: A pleasing orangey, amber coloration. Watery legs on the facet of the glass.

Nostril: There’s one thing earthy and grassy occurring that makes me consider hay bales in a subject sitting in the summertime solar. Additionally apricots, flowers, and allspice. The general impact is of a mellow, approachable whiskey.

Palate: Typically, high-rye bourbons hit you with spice instantly after which soften into bourbon sweetness. Not on this case. The hay scent I seen earlier presents itself as rye spiciness within the mouth, and it lingers throughout the palate entrance to again. It’s not overwhelming, although; only a good, mild spiciness that cuts the vanilla, brown sugar, and honey sweetness you anticipate from bourbon.


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