Small batch whiskey

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Small batch whiskey is a term usually referring to bourbon or rye whiskey, and denotes a whiskey produced by mixing the contents of a relatively small number of selected barrels. Small-batch whiskeys are positioned for the upper-premium market, and are typically aged from six to nine years in oak barrels,[1] but more limited series aged at least up to 23 years are also available. The majority of small batch whiskeys are produced in Kentucky, the state most traditionally associated with whiskey (and especially with bourbon).[citation needed]

Definition[edit]

A small batch Kentucky straight bourbon.

There are generally no clear criteria as to what defines a "small batch" – for example, there are no federal regulations that define the use of the term in the United States.[2] Many producers of whiskeys labeled as such do not provide a clear indication of what they mean by the term.

Batch sizes[edit]

Brands that bottle from small batches[edit]

Brands that advertise whiskeys as being small batch whiskeys include 1792 Ridgemont Reserve,[8] Basil Hayden's,[1] Dickel Barrel Select,[7] Glen Garioch[9][10][11] Hudson Baby Bourbon,[12] Maker's Mark,[4][5] Rowan's Creek,[13] and Woodford Reserve.

Brands that offer small batch bottlings of rye whiskeys include Black Maple Hill and Classic Cask.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fortune Brands - Jim Beam small batch brands company web site
  2. ^ "The Beverage Alcohol Manual (BAM) - Chapter 1 Mandatory Label Information, Chapter 4 Class and Type Designation". The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Maker's Mark Bourbon Glossary, official web site.
  4. ^ a b Maker's Mark Distillery Tour in Loretto, KY Watch it made in the U.S.A.
  5. ^ a b Bourbon – Maker's Mark, Edencroft Fine Wines.
  6. ^ Ken Miller, In a Willett state of mind at the Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas Weekly, October 8, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Barrel Select". George A. Dickel & Co. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Sazerac - Barton Brands company web site
  9. ^ Glen Garioch distillery website
  10. ^ "1978". Morrison Bowmore Distillers. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Whisky Drinker (14 Jul 2012). "Glen Garioch Release 1995 Small Batch Release". Whisky Drinker. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Tuthilltown Spirits company web site
  13. ^ Kentucky Bourbon Distillers company web site