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Burning Chair 'Della Grand' Private Blend Bourbon

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Our private blend of Burning Chair Bourbon has been crafted entirely from Savage & Cooke's precious wine finished bourbon stock (in comparison, the distillery bottling includes 15% wine finished whiskey). It combines 51% Cab finished bourbon, with 8% Zin and 41% Grenache. Dark, rich black fruits and tannins are shot through with earthy mocha notes and a kick of spice, then brightened with fresh red fruits and herbal complexity. Each component provides a unique new layer. Wild blackberry, fig, plum, and roasted peach; pepper, dark chocolate, earthy tobacco, clove, and anise spice; juicy strawberry, twangy rhubarb, orange peel, and crisp apple. While the wine finish is unmistakable, the bourbon flavors at the heart of the whiskey are a steady and strong anchor, with caramel, bread pudding, barrel char, and a lingering butterscotch finish.

The whiskey itself is made from a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley. It is distilled in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, before being brought to Mare Island to be aged in new American oak barrels for a minimum of four years. The whiskey has been bottled at 88 proof.

Finishing whiskey in wine casks is a long and proud tradition, but with so much flavor already being drawn from their new oak barrels – it was one that American distilleries were late to welcome. Bourbon’s popularity and the explosion of new offerings has found many producers embracing this old world aging technique. When you’re ready to nerd out and find the very best of this style, you’ve also got to know who has the best wine. Dave Phinney, founder of Savage & Cooke, creator of the Prisoner series and Orin Swift, has incredible wine. Drawing on barrels from his Napa Valley Crane Assembly project and French oak casks from his estate winery in Maury, France, the whiskey takes on lush, complex, and concentrated flavors of “old vine” Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Grenache wine.

Savage & Cooke is located on Mare Island, the oldest naval base in the west. For everyone who picks up a bottle, we can’t recommend a distillery visit highly enough. Not only is it a beautiful ferry ride and a fantastic day trip, you can also take advantage of a special bonus that comes with your bottle. Keep the neck tag that describes the B&B blend, make an appointment for a VIP tour & tasting, and that tag is your golden ticket to cover the cost, normally $40. It includes an in-depth tour of the facility, including the barrel room, production room and rooftop view. Following the tour, there is a sit down tasting in “the Vault” that includes their Reserve 15 year old Bourbon, Reserve 10 year old Whiskey, Burning Chair Bourbon, and Second Glance American Whiskey. We can’t wait to hear what you think!