West of Kentucky Bourbon
The Sonoma County Distilling Company is a distillery founded in 2010 in the heart of Sonoma County tasked with producing high quality whiskeys for the discerning whiskey drinker. Grain to Glass is our focus – every level of the production is handled in-house including the mashing and fermentation of grains, direct-fired alembic pot distillation, small barrel aging, and packaging. Through hard work, time-honored techniques, and our ideal location in picturesque Sonoma County, we are California’s premier whiskey distillery
Our West of Kentucky Bourbon is a nod to those who have crafted this American spirit before us, paying homage to it’s heritage while embracing a distinctly Californian approach. Available for a limited time every year and through a series of formulaic releases, we use traditional techniques to re-imagine what a bourbon can be, creating a smooth, flavorful experience that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite bourbon cocktail.
For 2015 we present Formula Number Two – this wheated bourbon combines yellow corn, grown in the heartland of America, wheat, and malted barley. From here, we rely on the same methods used by 16th century distillers and embrace the small inconsistencies that many other whiskies avoid. There is no forced rectification through plates and the pot still is set over an open fire, which promotes high flavor over high alcohol and showcases the depth of this group of grains.
The distillate is barreled in small casks for over a year, working with first new and then used barrels to soften and tone the already well-rounded spirit. Combined with the daily coastal variations of Sonoma County’s climate, we refine our spirit to bring forth a smooth, full flavored bourbon, with background notes toasted vanilla, almond, toffee brittle, and coffee.
The product of our intelligent, hard working team who proudly ignore modern trends to pursue a new legacy steeped in the old ways, our West of Kentucky Bourbon series follows in the unyielding footsteps of our distilling forefathers while combining the intuitive nature of California. This is California Bourbon.
NOSE: Aroma of corn, baked biscuits and exposed oak
PALATE: Honey and cloves that are complemented by touches of vanilla and caramel
FINISH: Bold and refreshing, with a touch of woody spices