Before I continue with my Scotland tour posts (and the last Islay stop), time for a quick detour to review a bourbon. Yes! a bourbon! and why? Because I found one which I actually liked and got a sample from my good buddy Shai. (He was born in New York and bourbon is flowing in his veins).
So what do we have here? Before we go into the tasting notes here is what I know about it – Widow Jane is produced at Cacao Prieto artisan distillery (in Brooklyn of all places!) and is made with Pure Limestone Mineral Water from the Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale New York and is aged for 7 years in casks.
As this is a small distillery based in NY, it’s no wonder I never heard on it before – it’s not a big bourbon brand and seems to me that their main market is the tri state area, so if you didn’t hear on them before, you are excused.
So without further ado – the tasting notes:
Widow Jane Kentucky Bourbon 7yo (45.5%, $52 here)
Nose: Lots of wood polish, acetone/varnish, ripe pears, little vanilla, some sweet cough syrup.
Palate: Starts with a smooth sweet sensation, very silky, heavier sweet cough syrup notes, then it switch to mild bitterness along with those wood polish, acetone and some vanilla notes I so associate with bourbons.
Finish: Smooth and mildly sweet, lots of vanilla, again some varnish. the glass smells of Bazooka bubblegum mixed with bourbon.
Conclusion: As Scotch lover and without large exposure to bourbons, Widow Jane was a very nice pleasant surprise. I’m no expert on bourbon prices but $50 sounds like a decent price for a bourbon that whisky lovers can learn to like. So if you’re in the NY/NJ area, this is one bourbon you can easily pick at stores and enjoy it.