The 2017 Whiskey Trail is all about bringing some of the greatest whiskeys in the world together under one roof. What better way to experience the evening than with a VIP pass that allows for entry one hour early and gives you access to an incredible, rare selection of extraordinary whiskeys. Our VIP experience also includes 10 samples (instead of just 8), an extra mixed drink and access to the 40 other whiskeys included in the general package! Only 200 will be sold, so act fast before they sell out. Here are just a few of the rare, one of a kind portfolio of whiskeys. VIP Tickets Are Sold Out.
This year we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you an elite selection of whiskeys, so let's take a look at some of the whiskeys you get to try as part of the VIP experience.
Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co. hails from Tullahoma, TN, and was created to share barrels of rare whiskey that have been hidden away and nearly forgotten in the back of rickhouses and distilleries. Their goal is to find these lost barrels and bottle them for the world to try. We will be featuring three whiskeys from the Orphan Barrel series.
Gifted Horse - “As we were preparing our next Orphan Barrel Release, the unthinkable happened. We made a whopper of a mistake, emptying barrels of much younger whiskey into a batch of beautiful 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. With bated breath, we tasted this monumental blunder… and quickly agreed this was one gift horse we shouldn’t look in the mouth. With a final balance of roughly 39% 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon and 61% 4-year-old Corn Whiskey and Indiana Whiskey, this unusual blend has aromas of apple skins, almond and toffee, and tasty hints of creamy caramel, oak resin and bosc pear.”
Rhetoric 22 - “Ten steps ahead in a dance of discourse, Rhetoric candy-coats and compels with equal amounts of art. Proper, eloquent and poetic, this Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey speaks a language to which you could listen for hours. Each sip starts with a smoky, leathery nose that translates into vanilla oak, toasted rye and dried fruits, and concludes with a long, full finish of cherry blossom and bitter chocolate.”
Barterhouse - “Twenty years in American Oak will make your average spirit a bit mellow. Take all the fight out. Well this here is no ordinary spirit, and twenty years is long enough to pick up a trick or two. For one barrel in particular, it was long enough to develop the gift of a silver tongue. The old rickhouse hands had it written off as a rumor. A character so smooth, it could clean out the card sharps and take the shirt off a travelling salesman's back.”
As a founding father of the bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. left an indelible legacy. His dedication to distilling began at the close of the Civil War when he purchased O.F C. Distillery. There, he developed innovative techniques that are still in use today.
Seasoned Wood - “This bourbon embraces E.H. Taylor’s spirit of innovation. It was aged inside new oak barrels crafted from staves treated with an innovative process of bathing and natural outdoor seasoning. This technique pulled rich flavors from the wood, to make the whiskey aged inside the barrels like no other. Using a unique wheat recipe mash bill, the result is a whiskey with bright, citrus flavors followed by spicy undertones. Savor every sip of this truly unique bourbon whiskey.”
Single Barrel - “Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased what is now called Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today, including climate controlled aging warehouses. E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel is aged exclusively in Warehouse C, which was built by Taylor in 1881 and proven to be an excellent aging warehouse. Each barrel is hand-picked and Bottled in Bond at 100 proof to honor its namesake.”
Barrel Proof - “Crafted from hand-selected barrels, this bourbon is bottled directly from the barrel; uncut and unfiltered at more than 125 proof. It reflects the way whiskey was produced in the days before Prohibition, when Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. was the owner of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Drawn from barrels aged in warehouses constructed over a century ago under Taylor's watchful eye, the taste is smooth, yet powerful and uncompromising, just like its namesake.”
Small Batch - “Made by hand, this Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey has been aged inside century old warehouses constructed by E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrels are evaluated and selected to create a perfect blend of distinctive character that is like no other. This bourbon is a true sipping bourbon that honors the uncompromising legacy of E.H. Taylor, Jr.”
Cured Oak - “E.H. Taylor Cured Oak Bourbon is aged inside oak barrels made with staves cured for 13 months, more than twice as long as typical barrel staves. This extended curing process extracts the rich characters deep within the wood. Barrels were aged inside of Warehouse C, built by Colonel Taylor in 1881 as a prime aging warehouse. As a special limited edition release, it is a bourbon of great character, in honor of the man who would accept no less.”
Only Four Roses handcrafts 10 distinct and extraordinary Bourbon recipes, then mingles them by hand to create our family of award-winning brands. Artistry such as this is how we survived Prohibition, The Great Depression, Two World Wars, and 40 years of exile from the US, only to be named American Whisky Distiller of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 – four times in the last five years - by Whisky Magazine. Handcrafting this way may be a bit more time consuming, but one sip, and you’ll no doubt agree, it’s worth the extra effort.
Small Batch 2016 - “Mingling multiple Bourbon recipes is an art in itself. Four original and limited Bourbon recipes have been expertly selected by our Master Distiller at the peak of maturation to create a perfectly balanced Small Batch Bourbon that rewards you with a mellow symphony of rich, spicy flavors along with sweet, fruity aromas and hints of sweet oak and caramel. Finishes soft, smooth and pleasantly long.”
Elliot Select Barrel Strength - Brent Elliott, who assumed the post of master distiller in September 2015, personally hand-selected the 14-year-old OESK, one of the Distillery’s 10 unique Bourbon recipes. Subtle aromas of peach jam, magnolia blossoms and light oak preview the elegantly-balanced flavors of spiced vanilla, fresh nutmeg and delicate, ripe fruits. Sweet flavors of honey and light apricot linger in the finish.
The history of Elijah Craig is the history of Bourbon. Reverend Elijah Craig was a Baptist preacher and active character in 1800s Kentucky. He was an educator, road builder, land speculator, and built the first paper and wool mills in Georgetown, KY. But it was his gift as a distiller and entrepreneur that establishes his place in history as The Father of Bourbon..
18 Year Old - “Ready to experience some of the oldest Bourbon barrels in Kentucky? Our 18-Year-Old Bourbon is bottled solely from the contents of one barrel, not the mingling of many. This expression of Bourbon-making craftsmanship is bold and robust. Truly a Bourbon for the avid collector, this bottle has won countless awards and is regularly listed as a top choice by those who appreciate its smooth yet complex flavor.”
These are only a few of the VIP whiskeys that we will be offering at Jungle Jim's Whiskey Trail.