American Whiskey - Bourbon
Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
Cody Road is named for William "Buffalo Bill" Cody who was born in Iowa. It is a blend of corn (required in all bourbon in at least 50% of the grain bill) with wheat and barley. We take this to mean a lightly sweet flavor with the smooth, creamy finish known for wheat spirits. The oak barrels are made at cooperages in Minnesota in volumes somewhat smaller than normal to accelerate the aging through increased contact with the spirit.
We had a chance to try the Cody Road personally in a rigorous taste test, where it performed very well.
Mississippi River Distilling Company is actually located in Iowa (the geography-minded quickly realizing that the river is not merely confined to one state). The distillery is proud of their "grain to glass" process starting with grain grown and harvested locally. In fact, they claim that 100% of their grain is found within 25 miles of the distillery. It was founded in 2010 and centered around the German-made still that they have named "Rose."
- This bottle has not been rated by this competition.