Cedar Ridge distillery columns
It was probably only a matter of time before Cedar Ridge Vinyards, Winery & Distillery, one of only two distilleries in Iowa that produce and sell their own Bourbon whiskey, jumped on the white dog/corn whiskey/white lightning/moonshine bandwagon. After all, if you can sell your raw un-aged and unbarreled whiskey now instead of babying it for three to four years in a warehouse and sell it for practically the same price, why not? For those who have not been paying attention, moonshine is the latest rage to hit the bars
as a “hip” cocktail base. In their announcement, Cedar Ridge states that it “is proud to introduce the newest product coming out of our distillery, Unaged Whiskey.” The release states that their unaged whiskey “is a corn based whiskey bottled at 100 proof that doesn’t touch the barrel, therefore it retains the character of the grain.” It is available at the distillery for $25.99. One interesting feature is that you can buy a one liter mini barrel for $39.99 so you can age your own whiskey. Now that is an interesting concept, and one that I would want to take advantage of. I seem to recall seeing some one liter barrels in the retail area of their showroom last time I was there. I do not know if those barrels are charred. Some of the versions available on the web are not
. Keep in mind that the ratio of oak to spirits will be high in these small barrels. One very interesting reason to try a corn whiskey from your favorite distillery (they will all shortly sell it given the better profit margin and faster “time to market”) is that you can tell exactly what goes into a bourbon and what does not come out. With traditional bourbon, the charcoal in the charred barrel both imparts some flavor and removes others. The oak itself adds a significant amount of flavor. Also, as the “angel share” evaporates out, flavors from the spirit become more intense. Comparing an un-aged whiskey with its finished bourbon product, you can get a very good sense of what happened.
This new spirit joins several other recent announcements of similar moonshine products:
Two Jays Iowa Corn Whiskey
Heaven Hill TryBox Whiskey