American Whiskey - Bourbon

Border Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Wisconsin, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Border Bourbon is made in the same grain-to-glass tradition as the rest of the spirits at 45th Parallel using grain sourced "minutes from the distillery." They use a medium char on their oak barrels, which to us implies a caramel/vanilla signature wood flavor without the deep, ash aftertaste redolent in heavier bourbons. We're told they're very patient with the process, using traditional aging techniques--no blending, no acceleration--and releasing only as ready (30 barrels as of 2014). It is aged for 2 years, allowing for the "straight label" and makes it a younger styled bourbon which, despite the medium char on the barrel, would mean a grain-forward flavor. 

About the Producer:

The name of this distillery is taken from a worn-out sign on Route 51 that announces the passerby are at th 45th parallel just north of Wassau, WI. It was founded by Paul Werni who left a successful construction business to found a distillery, which he admits is largely the result of informal self-training. They concentrate on very small batches, attention to the quality of ingredients, and artisan flavors.

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