July 2019: Solera Bourbon

What is a solera style bourbon?

The solera process is a method for fractionally blending liquids so that the aging casks are never emptied, and the average age of the finish product gradually increases. Generally, the way to understand the solera process to picture a barrel rack three high. The uppermost barrels hold the youngest spirits and the lowest level holds the oldest spirits. As the lower level is fractionally drained and bottled the middle level barrels are fractionally drained to refill the bottom barrels and so on.

The idea behind the solera process is that a reliable style and quality is achieved over time. If a spirit is aged in a three-level solera process over the life of the process (more than 20 years) the average age of the final product converges on 5 years. Traditionally this process has been used for sherry, madeira, port and other wines and vinegars. The use of the solera process in bourbon is quite new. The bottles in this tasting event represent all available expressions of solera bourbon.

Solera

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April 2019: A.D. Laws Whiskey

Our April 2019 Tasting Event featured a blind tasting of four bottles from Laws Whiskey House, better known as A.D. Laws. This is our second consecutive blind tasting of Colorado whiskey this year, the previous being Breckenridge Bourbon.

Laws Whiskey House is a distillery located in Denver, Colorado. The vision for the distillery was born in 2006 by a former investment banker, Al Laws. The distillery’s roots are firmly embedded in Colorado, as it sources all of its grains in-state. Its cooperage comes from southeastern Missouri, but every barrel contains whiskey distilled and aged at least 2 years in Denver’s elevated climate.

In 2011, Laws Whiskey House started production. And in 2014, its products started hitting shelves in Colorado. Word spread quickly, and now A.D. Laws bottles are popping up in stores across the country.

We tasted blind samples four A.D. Laws bottles, not knowing what the spirit was, much less the distillery.

A.D. Laws Wheat

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