Widow Jane 10 years – A wonderful Bourbon from Brooklyn
Widow Jane is a distillery located in Brooklyn that started in 2012. For their oldest expression, they source the spirit at the heart of the Bourbon production, in Kentucky, at a distillery that is not disclosed, but certainly a big name. When the spirit comes to New-York, two things happen:
It is diluted with limestone water from upstate New York, from the Widow Jane old mine (see at the end)
It is aged a few more months at the distillery.
WIDOW JANE STRAIGHT BOURBON, 10 YEARS, 45.5%ABV
The mashbill is 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% Barley. After distillation and maturation process in Kentucky, the Bourbon is diluted with the famous Widow Jane water, and a few months of maturation are added in Brooklyn.
Sweet, a bit buttery, honey, toffee and some citrus notes.
Sweet corn, maple syrup, orange, vanilla and pepper
Medium length, chocolate, rye spice, still orange and a little flowery in the very end.
Gold medal in the category of Bourbon over 5 years in 2017.
Very pleasant for the nose and the palate, this Bourbon gets even better with a little air time, so don’t hesitate to swirl it in the glass or wait some time before drinking.
MY SECOND TAKE
No, you haven’t drunk too much: the label is really upside down! This bottle number #10 is coming from a limited release of a hundred bottles only that the distillery creates every 100 barrels. It is coming from an initial labeling mistake that inspired the idea of creating a special release every 100 barrels of the 10 years old.
It is called the “dregs”, as it takes the very bottom of each barrel, offering a deeper influence of the wood and a fantastic smoothness. The color is much darker and the taste more intense.
Then, if you liked the 10 years, you will love the “Dregs”.
To avoid a straight neck, here is the upside down label, upside down!
A very nice Bourbon, well balanced that please all the senses. To pair with cherries and or chocolate (dark chocolate better).
WHERE DOES THE “WIDOW JANE” NAME COMES FROM?