You could be forgiven for thinking the Widow Jane Distillery is straight out of Kentucky bourbon country. But the brand does all of its warehousing, aging, barreling, blending, and bottling right in Brooklyn.
And they've just announced their coolest release to date, the first of a new collection dubbed The Vaults.
From here on out The Vaults will be an annual offering of the oldest and rarest bourbons from the Widow Jane stocks. The inaugural release combines 14-year and older Tennessee and Indiana bourbons drawn from 20 barrels hand-selected and blended by Head Distiller Lisa Wicker from the Widow Jane rickhouse.
The release will be limited to just over 500 cases with bottles priced at $150 apiece. The 99 proof spirit is one of the highest ever released by the brand, and the intense tipple has an "unparalleled richness and depth of flavor," they tell us.
The 14-year-old bourbon was finished in eight-year air-seasoned American oak casks, a process wherein the staves used to make the barrels are stacked outdoors "at the mercy of the elements" before being charred.
"The extended maturation of the staves eliminates tannins and greenness in the wood yielding a one-of-a-kind flavor profile influenced by each season," and the whiskey's finish is "highlighted by a campfire note" as a result.
As with all Widow Jane whiskeys, The Vaults is non-chill filtered and proofed with pure limestone mineral water from the Rosendale Mines of New York, 100 miles north of the distillery.
Wicker calls it "our most captivating whiskey to date, worthy of a whiskey lover's collection, but most importantly, their glass." We'll drink to that.