A nuanced nose of brown sugar, oaky spice, a hint of candied cherry and a dusting of cocoa nib. Its complexity continues on the palate with a sweet entry followed by notes of tobacco leaf, barrel char, and Christmas cake spices. The drawn out finish shows an herbaceous quality you don’t always find in bourbons this age. Fans of decade-plus bourbon are in for a treat!
We told you about Dave Schmier and his long history in the spirits business back in March. Dave found his true love working with American whiskey after years in the bar/restaurant business as a manager, owner, and brand builder. Rather than continue just doing a series of one-off whiskeys, as The Ambassador in your previous shipment was, he has begun using sourced whiskey (MGP in Indiana) to create a line of easy-drinking bourbon and rye. This brand is called Deadwood Whiskey. An homage to the gold rush town in South Dakota known for briefly being home to Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and other pioneers of the late 19th century. It is where Wild Bill was murdered over a poker game, holding what is now known as the “dead man’s hand” – two pair: aces and eights. This extremely limited batch 11-year old whiskey pays tribute to a day long past, when saloons hosted games of skill and chance, and players imbibed as they vied for pots of gold and cash.