Rabbit Hole PX Sherry Cask Finish Straight Bourbon Whiskey
2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold Medal Winner
They take Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a wheat mash bill, aged in alligator char then they transfer it to casks that have been used to perfect sweet, dark Pedro Ximénez sherry. The resulting whiskey is refined, balanced with a long cascading finish.
Mash Bill: 66% Corn, 18% Wheat, 14% Malted Barley
As with all good stories, this one starts with a girl. Kaveh Zamanian met Heather while living in Chicago. She introduced him to Bourbon, luring him away from his beloved Scotch. He fell in love with her and Bourbon at the same time, and for much the same reason: charm, beauty, elegance. She pulled me down a rabbit hole he might never have dared alone, to the countryside of Kentucky, the progressive vibrancy of Louisville, and, inevitably, to Bourbon.
Bourbon was a revelation. Neglected for decades, undergoing a Renaissance of both quality and vision. The product of Kentucky’s corn and pure, iron-free water; aged by the region’s hot Summers and cold Winters in barrels hewn from native oak; Bourbon reclaimed its birthright: American to its core, genuinely ours, unlike anything else in the world. They had to be part of it.
There may be no better place to shape a new whiskey than Louisville. World-class expertise can be found down every street. When I said Rabbit Hole would build on tradition to create something proudly modern, it captured the imaginations of some of Bourbon’s best. They took their amazing understanding of what whiskey is and helped us imagine what whiskey could be. They dove into the unknown with me and did not look back.
Vendome Copper & Brass Works makes the best stills in the world. Only a few blocks from our distillery, they’re custom-building a 24-inch copper column still just for us. It will take center-position at our operation, a point of pride for us, and for the craftsmen who built it.
Kentucky’s weather challenges a barrel. The hot Summers push the liquid into the wood and the frosty Winters draw it back out. Every round trip adds color, flavor, aromatic depth. It takes a strong barrel to make a good whiskey, and ours are the best. They’re crafted by Kelvin Cooperage, with its roots in Scotland and its heart in Kentucky’s Bourbon Renaissance.
Although Bourbon may be produced anywhere in the United States, it is most commonly associated with Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it has been produced since the late 18th century. Made from a mash bill containing at least 51% corn, the Bourbon Whiskey distillate must be aged in new, charred white oak barrels. Bourbon Whiskeys are bottled at eighty proof (40% abv) or higher and cannot contain any added color or flavor. A versatile spirit that can be sipped neat, with water or on the rocks, it also performs nicely added to cocktails like the Old Fashioned.