Tom's Foolery Cask Strength Single Barrel #121 Ohio Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) SKU #1388307

Price: $54.99

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Tasting Notes

?After buying the original stills from the old Michter's Jug House, the Herbrucks started making bourbon with corn grown on their 115-acre farm. This gorgeous single barrel of bourbon was distilled in November of 2012 from a mash of 56% corn, 25% rye & 19% malted barley. Bottled right out of the barrel with no filtration or dilution, this is easily one of the best bourbons to come out of Tom's to date. While some of the first casks we sold were high quality, they still showed some of the young spirity qualities that we'd expect from pot distilled whisky. But this special cask has truly turned a corner. Now it doesn't show the sweetness of Kentucky bourbon, but instead offers deep dark mocha, acacia honey, chocolate covered cherries and fresh birch bark. The rich and supple honeyed character on the palate is sharpened by a soft peppery spice from the rye grain and moves into a creamy cake frosting-like sweetness on the finish. While the intensely unique character of the single barrel rye might appeal to the adventurous drinker, there is something so overt and open about this cask that is probably the best we've yet to bottle from the excellent Cleveland-based distiller.

Staff Reviews

  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    2/25/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Lift up a glass, inhale deeply, and first enter the wood-shop. Cedar and sandalwood come tumbling out, chased away by candied sugar, puff pastry and apricot jam. Now we're in the kitchen, foraging for treats, and as the whiskey hits the palate-- said treats are found. Some bitter candied citrus, and a dark chocolatey semi-sweetness give the whole thing a tangy-mole vibe (would likely pair well with a mole chicken burrito). Finishes long, and leaves the mouth fully coated. This is a unique, well-crafted Bourbon that should not be missed.
  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    2/7/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    This was quite the interesting bourbon to try. It seemed like it was in its teenage years, wanting to be older and more mature yet still showing signs of its youth. I kept coming back to the nose, initially getting strong notes of wet hay, more and more kept coming though. Blondies, nougat, chocolate, and the lightest cherry syrup kept sneaking up on me, like it was wanting more attention. It was a little more standoffish on the palate, yielding a similar yet deeper flavor of hay and honey mixed with cedar wood. The finish seemed to be a bit more mature, hanging around for a while trying to make intelligent conversation and offering notes of rock candy, cake frosting and baking spices. This was definitely a fun bourbon to try from a smaller producer.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    2/7/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Another winner from Tom's Foolery. It is rich and balanced with soft and juicy flavors.It is big and intense with vanilla notes coming forward, adding complexity and pleasure to this selection. With a little water it becomes a little more soft and creamy but is still a big and rich beauty.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    2/7/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Another stupendous little bourbon from Tom Herbruck in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The special little distillery outside of Cleveland is part of our portfolio thanks to a fateful visit to my in-laws who live in the area. After tasting grand Plucinsky's homemade "Bailey's" I was feeling a bit saucy and recommended we go check out this craft distillery I'd read had purchased these old still from Michter's. Turns out the "distillery" was just a shed behind Tom's house, but the whiskey was every bit as delicious as I'd heard. This is our third barrel of bourbon from the Herbruck's and represents the smoothest and most "typical" bourbon profile we've yet to release. The intensity of the pot stills comes through while the whiskey is young, but around 5 years old these bourbons seem to real change. The rugged grainy pot still softens into sweet soft aromas of baked apple, barrel spice, burnt orange peel and fresh corn bread. The palate is full sweetness and spice, the thick texture of the bourbon a hallmark of those old potstills. Sweet candy corn, dark chocolate and pointed baking spice (clove and cinnamon especially) are the main show. While we're still not in the same flavor profile as Kentucky, we are moving closer to a traditional bourbon with this one. More reasons why Tom is one of our very favorite American distillers of any kind
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    2/6/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Soft and sweet, this is absurdly easy drinking. I had to double check that it was indeed full proof. It is. 54.55% in fact, although you'd never know it from the rounded profile and supple nature. Low in corn, yet high in rye and malted barley, the unique profile here is both sweet and a touch grassy. It's full of flavor and much more complex than your typical high corn bourbon. It's honeyed and full of darker sweets like a bowl of granola with dark chocolate chips in it. This is hands down my favorite bourbon we have carried from Tom's Foolery. Bravo!

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