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  • Kings County Peated Bourbon Whiskey
  • Kings County Peated Bourbon Whiskey
  • Kings County Peated Bourbon Whiskey

Kings County Peated Bourbon Whiskey

This first-of-its-kind bourbon is made with malted barley that has been exposed to peat smoke.

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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.

Kings County Peated Bourbon Whiskey is made from a mash organic, cracked corn that Spoelman and Haskell source from the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York, and malted barley that has been exposed to peat smoke (a common practice used by Scotch distilleries). In this way, the Kings County team has created a bourbon that conforms to the American requirements, but that also displays scotch-like characteristics. “As far as we know, this is the world’s only peated bourbon and will appeal to the adventurous whiskey traveller who has tried everything — except this,” says Spoelman.

After milling and mashing the grains, the wash is slowly fermented at their distillery in blue tanks that resemble oil drums and then double-pot distilled. 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.

Aged for two summers (14 to 24 months) in a five-gallon charred, new oak barrels, Kings County Peated Bourbon Whiskey has an aroma of bonfire and juicy corn, which leads to notes of buttered toast, raisins and caramel on the palate. The finish is slightly smoky with hints of biscuits and more sweet corn.

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Aroma of bonfire and juicy corn, which leads to notes of buttered toast, raisins and caramel on the palate. The finish is slightly smoky with hints of biscuits and more sweet corn.

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