Distiller: FEW Spirits. 46.5% ABV. 3 years old. Mashbill: 70% corn, 20% rye, 10% barley.
A huge personal favorite of both Axis co-despots, this is one of the finest “craft” bourbons one the market, and it’s distilled right in Thane McDram’s backyard.
Started by an Evanston, IL, local, FEW Spirits uses local ingredients and distills onsite to make a terrific roster of gins, a superb rye and white whiskey, and this beauty.
It has a lovely caramel color and an initial nose of bourbon spice and cinnamon. Palate of corn, cinnamon with pepper sneaking up and a touch of juniper. You can taste the youth of this bourbon, but it’s not off-putting. Bright, brash, and a standout against the backdrop of the many fine but familiar Kentucky flavors.
As always, hats off to Paul Hletko and crew. – TM