$101.99 price per bottle Expert Advice
An exceptionally distinctive bourbon with remarkable depth, complexity and length, procured by Dave Phinney. A rare and special spirit, Straight Edge is a blend of 5, 7 and 8 year old Bourbon from Kentucky and Tennessee. The mash bill is approximately 70% corn with a balance of rye and wheat. The Bourbon was finished at our facility in the Napa Valley where it was aged in Mercury Head barrels (Dave's high end Cabernet Sauvignon). The barrels imparted toasty vanilla and dried fruit notes while also allowing the Bourbon to soften and mellow. The spirit was aged at 124 proof and then titrated to its bottle strength of 84 proof.
The water used was from Dave's ranch that is high in the hills of Alexander Valley at over 2000 feet elevation. This property is rugged, remote and more importantly, the home to three aquifers that pump out pristine, crystal clear, idyllic water. The Bourbon was bottled at our facility in Napa Valley and released to the market in late 2014 with a mere 1800 6-packs.
We're not the first and definitely not the last to subscribe to this beautiful idiom by Mr. Faulkner. Fourteen years ago I listened intently to a taxi cab driver wax poetic about his upbringing in the Caribbean and his memories of distilling bathtub rum with his father and grandfather. The passion he had was infectious. It reminded me of how I feel about winemaking. The craft is similar yet different. Since then, the idea of distilling spirits has lingered with me. Just like it's not particularly fun to drink alone, I thought this will be a lot more fun with friends. I reached out to wine business buddies that I've worked with for years and they said giddy up.
Through a succession of late nights and early mornings, sitting around half consumed bottles of various liquors trying to figure out what we liked and what we could add to make it unique, the answer was clear that our first spirit would have to be Bourbon. I never like to sit still, so once Straight Edge Bourbon was underway, my mind started drifting to other styles of whiskey. We released Slaughter House American Whiskey in June 2015 and have been humbled by the incredible support our fans have shown. Rye will be our next endeavor and we look forward to sharing it with you next year.
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