2020 Release Shenk's Homestead Sour Mash Whiskey honors the legacy of historic American whiskey figure John Shenk, who in 1753 founded a distillery that was to become known as Michter's in the 20th Century. It is made in Kentucky according to the traditional Sour Mash processs whereby a portion of the previously distilled whiskey mash (referred to as "setback" is added into the next batch. This full-bodied, small batch whiskey is 91.2 proof
Shenk's is a Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey made with a substantial amount of rye. Following up the success of the 2019 Shenk's release, where some Chinquapin (Quercus muehlenbergii) barrels were utilized during maturation, the 2020 release utilizes a greater percentage of whiskey aged in Chinquapin Oak in each batch. The wood has been naturally air dried and seasoned for at least 3 years. The longer seasoning combined with our specified toast and char allows the oak aromas and characters specific to Chinquapin oak to fully express themselves.
Bottling Strength: 91.2 proof (45.6% ABV)
Nose: Notes of burnt orange peel set against rich crème brûlée
Palate: Luxurious mouth feel with warm baking spices and hints of cardamom up front. Followed by honeyed oak with a touch of cherry.
Finish: Substantial and long lasting with some spice
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