Widow Jane "The Vaults 2021" 15 Year Old & Rare Bourbon
The Vaults is an annual limited release of the rarest & oldest bourbons in the Widow Jane rickhouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The 2021 release combines 15-17 year old bourbons that have been carefully selected from their stocks by master distiller and blender Lisa Wicker. The whiskey was finished in unique Adirondack Oak casks coopered with 42 month air-seasoned wood (50% longer than the standard 1-2 years). The extended outdoor maturation of the staves softens tannins and greenness in the wood yielding a one-of-a-kind flavor profile influenced by each season. The result is an intense whiskey with hints of cream, smoke, and spice.
On the nose, you get aromas of broken in leather, sassafras, birch beer, and wintergreen. Flavors of tobacco and vanilla follow on the palate, along with brown sugar, lemon zest, cocoa powder, and mint. The finish continues the dark fruit and spice theme, with sweet cherries, nutmeg, honey, and vanilla. Bottled at 49.5% abv.