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Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

Bib & Tucker Small
Batch Bourbon


By Robert Plotkin

Aficionados and enthusiasts have made American whiskey one of fastest growing segments of the spirit world. After decades of living in the shadow of imported whiskies, global sales of our indigenous spirit now easily surpasses those of Scotch and Canadian.

The attraction is easy to understand. Bourbons are easy to drink with big, enticing bouquets and captivating flavors. Unlike some spirit categories, there's no learning curve necessary to appreciate our whiskeys. Equally important, it doesn't require a week's pay to enjoy a world-class bourbon. More whiskey for less money is a marketing proposition Americans can relate to. An excellent example of why bourbons are soaring in popularity is Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey.

Introduced in 2014, the Kentucky-borne spirit is produced from a mash bill of 70% corn, 26% rye and 4% malted barley, a formula that showcases a higher percentage of rye than most bourbons. After the grain has been milled and allowed to slowly ferment, the resulting wash is twice distilled—first in a column still and then through a traditional copper pot still. Upon exiting the still, the whiskey is placed in charred, American white oak barrels where it is left to mature for up to 6 years. The bourbon is chill filtered prior to being bottled at 46% alcohol (92 proof).

During its extended stay in wood, Bib & Tucker develops a deep amber/golden hue, a lightweight, silky textured body and an alluring bouquet of vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, cinnamon and toasted oak. The whiskey's initial entry is spicy warm, due in part to its elevated strength. It quickly expands in the front of your mouth with a wave of the semisweet, oak-induced flavors of anise, caramel, ripe red fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The long finish is dry, spicy and flavorful.

As for the whiskey's name, in America during the early 1800s, the term "Bib & Tucker" referred to one's Sunday finest attire, clothes you would save for special occasions. The inference is clear. Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey in not your average, everyday bourbon. Its singular character makes it appropriate for celebrations large or small.