Polished Mahogany in color. Intensity – 4; Sooty, oak, cologne, leather, smoky. Salty, mint, musty, significant rye presence, yet with a creamy texture. Length – Long; Molasses, toffee, rich caramel, chocolate, fudge, peppermint. Surprisingly elegant @ 114.3 Proof, which is perhaps odd to say about a whiskey at near-barrel strength, but it drinks more like a 100 Proof Bourbon Whiskey. You get the rye showing its face on the front end with a nice creaminess and subtlety on the back end. The origins of Small Batch Bourbon can be traced back to the earliest days of Bourbon’s long and colorful history. Like American Jazz, it is an original art form, unique to America. It is an American classic in its own right. Back in the early days of colonial America, 1779 to be exact, the “Corn Patch and Cabin Rights” law went into effect. Similar to many other areas at the time, Kentucky was known as a Territory, and many of the early pioneers settling in the Kentucky Territory were growing corn as their main crop in order to validate the land claims that had been granted them, or, corn writs, as they were called. To prevent spoilage to their grain crops, many of these early settlers milled their grain and distilled it into spirits. They were, in effect, farmer-distillers out of necessity, to save their crops and their livelihoods.