When Fred Groth from Sonoma’s Prohibition Spirits called us and told us that there was a new member to the Hooker’s House lineup, we rushed over to give it a taste. Boy is it smooth! Finished in French oak wine barrels for several months, this 7-year-old corn whiskey is popping with sweet, candied aromas and spice. Red fruits, caramel and vanilla coat the palate and brown sugar and cinnamon creep up on the finish.
Whose house? The infamous General Joseph Hooker's to be exact; a Civil War veteran, Sonoma resident, lady's man and whiskey aficionado. Although his military practice was often questioned, his love of whiskey and women were not. The general was known to kept the morale of his troops happy and in good spirits by allowing a lot of freedom, including a posse of ladies that would follow his troops around. The legendary General liked to carry on so much with women and whiskey that he popularized the word “Hooker” to its common use. The General’s home, Hooker House, located off the historic plaza in Sonoma is now a museum celebrating his spirited life and the inspiration behind this barrel-aged Kentucky distilled bourbon