Iowa Bourbon

MADE BY CEDAR RIDGE DISTILLERY IN SWISHER, IOWA

MOUTH SAYS...

If you're looking for a classic, sweet, mellow bourbon, look no further. This smooth sipper starts with a mash of 70% corn, along with barley and rye. It's distilled in Iowa, where corn is king (not kidding: They've erected a Corn Palace, with murals made of corn kernels, in its honor).

Expect the clean flavor of grain, with a bit of anise and a mellow, woodsy hint picked up from the time in barrels. It's subtle, but bright, with a honey-sweet finish. In other words, it's a little too drinkable . . . We're considering building a palace for this bourbon royalty.

Cedar Ridge Distillery was Iowa's first micro-distillery, and in 2010 this bourbon whiskey became Iowa's first since Prohibition. That's a long time for one of the country's top corn producers to continue importing a spirit that, by law, must be made of at least 51% corn! We're so glad to get a taste of Iowa's golden agricultural child, and we bet the locals don't mind either.

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Since it's not trying to shock your Mouth with extreme spicy burn or intense vanilla, Iowa Bourbon is great to keep on hand for classic bourbon cocktails, like a Bourbon Sour. Combine 2 oz bourbon, 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 teaspoon sugar. Shake with plenty of ice until very cold, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  

  • $49 for 750ml

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