Distiller: FEW Spirits. 46.5% ABV. NAS. Price: $50.
One of the finest young bourbons you’ll ever taste, and it’s right in my backyard. Started by Evanston, IL, local Paul Hletko, FEW Spirits gets extra points for taking its name from Frances Elizabeth Willard, a major temperance campaigner from Evanston. The town itself was dry for more than a century, from 1858 to 1972.
No more! FEW uses local ingredients and distills onsite to make a terrific roster of gins, a superb rye and white whiskey, and this beauty.
FEW’s bourbon 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 overpowering.
As always, hats off to Paul Hletko and crew. – TM