Humor us here at Peninsula Underground as we take our November “wine” of the month and actually choose a bourbon. With four of our executive team members involved with our November “bourbon” of the month, we’d be remiss if we didn’t choose it, not to toot our own horn, but to share with you something so unique that we knew you’d want to know about it.
What do you get when a Nike designer, Facebook’s first director-level employee, a hospitality executive, a political advisor, and a philanthropist walk into a bar? Well, maybe not a bar, but the same room with the same ideas about making a bourbon – you get Blue Run.
Blue Run Spirits’ inaugural expression – a 13 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon bottled at 113 proof – is our November “bourbon” of the month.
Understanding that evolving the bourbon industry and creating fine products for the modern bourbon fan could never happen without an exceptional whiskey to start with, these guys teamed with Jim Rutledge, a 50+ year whiskey veteran and former master distiller at Four Roses, who serves as the brand’s liquid advisor.
And, the bourbon… it’s at a higher proof to preserve every bit of flavor. The long aging process allows for a bold flavor profile while maintaining a smooth finish. Its glossy amber with bronze highlights finish smells like candied dates and fig, mixed with molasses, butterscotch, and dark chocolate. It tastes like caramel and brown sugar mixed with oak and has dense concentrated flavors of baking spices and chocolate covered cherries. And the finish, long, sweet, and dry with crisp textures of warm stone fruits and candied apple. Honestly, it’s everything we ever wanted in a bourbon. Some of us said after tasting it that, “It danced on our palates in a smooth jazz kind of way and we loved it!”
Oh, and the bottle! Blue Run sourced only the highest quality plate glass from France for the bottles. The Viceroy Butterfly is a common sight on the banks of many Kentucky waterways and it symbolizes change and new beginnings. The butterfly symbolizes the evolution of what a bourbon can be. And, we believe Blue Run is the new beginning of bourbon.
We recommend adding no more than one small ice cube to enjoy the full deliciousness of this inaugural 13 year bourbon, that is if you can find a bottle! We hear that the 13 year fall release is now sold out but should be available online again in mid-November at www.bluerunspirits.com. Let us know what you think!