About Kings County Barrel Strength Bourbon Batch #14
Situated along the banks of the East River, Kings County Distillery is New York City's oldest operating whiskey distillery and the first distillery in New York City since Prohibition. Wedged between Williamsburg and Vinegar Hill, Colin Spoelman and David Haskell, the master distillers at Kings County, make hand-crafted bourbon and moonshine out of the 113-year-old Paymaster Building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
A typewriter the two distillers found on the sidewalk in Williamsburg is used to make the labels that adorn their clear, flask-like bottles, while a hairdryer (made by Revlon) is used to afix each bottle seal. Handwritten scrawls on a chalkboard keep track of different batches, and mesh laundry bags are used as strainers.
Haskell and Spoelman use the first alcohol produced from each batch — the "head" — as a disinfectant and sell the used mash to a pig farmer who uses it as feed. "I still don't understand why it doesn't make the pigs drunk," Haskell says.
Rarely available, Kings County Barrel Strength Bourbon Batch #14 is a blend of Kings County older barrels. Wearing a 4-year age statement, this is Kings County most flavorful and intense whiskey, bottled at barrel strength of 128 proof. Boasting an intense nose with notes of blackberry, raisin, fig, tobacco, brown sugar, toasted oak and dried cherry, the palate is full of flavors of ripe vine fruit, wild cherry, dark caramel, gingerbread and some cream soda. Not chill-filtered, this rich, velvety whiskey is best appreciated over ice or with a drop of water.
Kings County Barrel Strength Bourbon was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In 2020, it was named Craft Whiskey of the Year by Breaking Bourbon.
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