Small-Batch BourbonMADE BY J.P. TRODDEN IN WOODINVILLE, WASHINGTON
This silky bourbon is bold, rich and cozy, with inviting notes of stone fruit, spice and caramel. And it’s not made in Kentucky, the state famous for getting its bourb-on, but in Washington! But no mistake about it – this small-batch bourbon is one of the best we’ve had.
The distillery is named after J.P. Trodden, a man who grew up in north central Washington in the Okanagan Valley. In the early 1930s (why hello, Prohibition!), J.P. took over his father’s mail route (called the Star Route), which crossed back and forth over the Canadian border, where spirits were still being sold and enjoyed. On his way back, J.P. would stash a few bottles in his mailbag then gather with friends in cabin number 5, a pit stop along the route, to pass around the flask. The distillery still owns the cabin!
J.P. Trodden takes pride in the fact that all the ingredients and equipment are sourced from the U.S. Yep, this is one patriotic bourbon, folks. Each step in the process is a celebration of all things red, white and blue: The grains are harvested from a small family farm in Quincy, Washington, their copper alembic pots (the two-vessel stills used to distill spirits) are made in Eugene, Oregon, their oak barrels are made in Hodgenville, Kentucky and their glass bottles are made in Tennessee.
We pledge allegiance to the United States of Bourbon!
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Smooth enough to sip straight (in front of a roaring fire, preferably), but also bold enough to stand up to a splash of Smoky Whiskey Sour Cocktail Syrup. Plop in a few Jack Rudy Cocktail Cherries for good measure.